§ Captain Kerby
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that as from August some 400 London taxi-cab owner-drivers will be out of work for no reason other than that their taxi-cabs will be over ten years old, and will thus be refused permission198W
1944, and under Section 1 of the Education Act, 1953.
§ Sir E. Boyle
Following is the information:
to ply for public hire; and taxi-cab No. HYL 614, Police Badge No. 994, is in perfect condition mechanically and otherwise; and if he will so amend his regulations as to permit all such taxi-cabs which are roadworthy in all respects other than under the 10 year age qualification, to ply for hire until they are judged to be unroadworthy mechanically.
§ Mr. R. A. Butler
Under the London Cab Orders, 1934 and 1955, the Deputy 199W Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis is empowered to refuse a cab licence if a cab does not conform to the prescribed conditions of fitness and is not fit for public use. The practice of the Deputy Commissioner is to have a special inspection made when a cab is ten years old, but such inspection does not involve automatic condemnation. A cab which is more than ten years old may be re-licensed if the inspection shows it to be still reasonably fit for public service. Incidentally the number of cabs involved is 140 and not 400.