HC Deb 28 July 1982 vol 28 c1134
Mr. Allan Stewart

I beg to move amendment No. 50, in page 10, leave out from line 41 to line 2 on page 11 and insert 'any word, sign, notice, mark, illumination or other feature which may suggest that the vehicle is available for hire as a taxi.'. This amendment is self-explanatory. It follows considerable discussion in Committee. The original drafting of the clause was criticised in Committee. I commend the redraft, which I hope will be acceptable to the House.

Mr. Harry Ewing

Am I right in saying that the effect of the amendment would be to allow private hire vehicles to display a sign stating that they were for hire privately? The original proposal in clause 14 would have prohibited the use of the word "hire" under any circumstances. Am I right in believing that amendment No. 50 will allow private hire vehicles to use the word "hire" provided that attached to that word is "private"? It is important that that point should be cleared up.

Mr. Stewart

The hon. Gentleman's understanding of the effect of the clause is correct.

Amendment agreed to.

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