HC Deb 24 November 1969 vol 792 c28W
Sir N. Cooper-Key

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that the Towns Police Clauses Act, 1847, inadequately covers the fare chargeable when a taxicab is ordered by telephone; that the charge to be made for the journey of the taxi to the house is consequently uncontrolled; and whether he will amend the byelaw stating that the taxi driver shall put the flag down at the commencement of the journey to define the commencement of the journey.

Mr. Elystan Morgan

I am aware that the Town Police Clauses Act, 1847, does not give local authorities power to define the moment when a journey begins. But my right hon. Friend thinks that this is a matter best left to agreement between the driver and the hirer of a taxicab.