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PASSENGER SAFETY AND PRIVATE HIRE INDUSTRY REGULATION

EDM (Early Day Motion) 142: tabled on 17 June 2015

Tabled in the 2015-16 session.

This motion has been signed by 35 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House is concerned that smartphone apps such as Über are circumventing the law governing the taxi and minicab industry; supports the existing regulations whereby private hire vehicles (PHVs) may only pick up passengers when pre-booked rather than from a rank or in response to being hailed; recognises that such regulations provide passengers with important safety protections against unregulated drivers who have not undergone extensive criminal record and medical checks or had to pass a formal taxi driving assessment like licensed taxi drivers; welcomes Transport for London's (TfL) public opposition to any move to confuse the distinction between the two services; notes with concern, that in spite of this, TfL is failing to carry out its licensing and enforcement functions and is allowing PHVs to operate within the immediate hire market; believes that this is primarily due to the absence of a statutory definition of plying for hire; further believes that this will undermine public confidence in a safe and secure licensing regime and will ultimately undermine the viability of the current taxi service; further notes that the number of people applying to study The Knowledge, the geographical training for licensed taxi drivers, fell from 3,326 in 2012 when Über started operating in London, to 2,159 last year; and calls on the Government to bring forward urgent legislation which provides a clear statutory definition to protect the distinction between taxis and PHVs.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Abbott, Ms Diane
Labour
Signed on 17 June 2015
Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Amess, Sir David
Conservative
Signed on 7 September 2015
Southend West
Anderson, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 17 June 2015
Blaydon
Brake, Tom
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 21 July 2015
Carshalton and Wallington
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 24 June 2015
Blyth Valley
Coyle, Neil
Labour
Signed on 7 September 2015
Bermondsey and Old Southwark
Cruddas, Jon
Labour
Signed on 17 June 2015
Dagenham and Rainham
Fitzpatrick, Jim
Labour
Signed on 20 July 2015
Poplar and Limehouse
Glindon, Mary
Labour
Signed on 18 June 2015
North Tyneside
Goldsmith, Zac
Conservative
Signed on 16 July 2015
Richmond Park
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 17 June 2015
Luton North
Kaufman, Sir Gerald
Labour
Signed on 17 June 2015
Manchester, Gorton
Lammy, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 7 September 2015
Tottenham
Long Bailey, Rebecca
Labour
Signed on 17 June 2015
Salford and Eccles
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 18 June 2015
Brighton, Pavilion
Maskell, Rachael
Labour
Signed on 29 June 2015
York Central
McInnes, Liz
Labour
Signed on 17 June 2015
Heywood and Middleton
Meale, Sir Alan
Labour
Signed on 18 June 2015
Mansfield
Mearns, Ian
Labour
Signed on 14 July 2015
Gateshead
Rayner, Angela
Labour
Signed on 17 June 2015
Ashton-under-Lyne
Robinson, Mr Geoffrey
Labour
Signed on 7 September 2015
Coventry North West
Rosindell, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 2015
Romford
Ryan, Joan
Labour
Signed on 7 September 2015
Enfield North
Skinner, Mr Dennis
Labour
Signed on 18 June 2015
Bolsover
Smeeth, Ruth
Labour
Signed on 17 June 2015
Stoke-on-Trent North
Stevens, Jo
Labour
Signed on 17 June 2015
Cardiff Central
Streeting, Wes
Labour
Signed on 17 June 2015
Ilford North
Zeichner, Daniel
Labour
Signed on 23 June 2015
Cambridge

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.