§ Mr. Jeffrey Archer
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will introduce legislation to give local authorities the power to deal with private hire vehicles passing as taxis.
§ Mr. Sharples
The need for legislation to regulate the private hire car trade is now being considered in the light of the existing powers conferred by local Acts and the recommendations of the Committee on the London Taxicab Trade. In any area in which a local authority 325W licenses taxis, it is already unlawful for an unlicensed vehicle to ply for hire on the streets.