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The Welsh Government consult on single taxi/PH licensing authority

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The Welsh Government consult on single taxi/PH licensing authority 10th December 2018

The Welsh Government has launched a consultation on a proposal to create a single licensing authority for taxis and private hire licensing in Wales.

The “Improving public transport” white paper, sets out the Welsh Government’s plans for reform of, amongst others, taxi and private hire licensing services in Wales.

Following on from the 2017 consultation, the Welsh Government has published more developed plans for taxi and private hire law reform in Wales.

Whilst much of the white paper includes previous proposals, a new proposal to setup a single licensing authority for taxi and private hire licensing in the country has been proposed.  

The consultation paper commented that the necessary transport planning and strategy skills are largely lost in local licensing authorities which is detrimental to achieving the Welsh Government’s ambitions for public transport provision.

It further commented that the current regulation of taxis and private hire in the country is not adequate because of:

-    the variation in taxi and PHV standards between the twenty two local authorities in Wales;
-    the inability to take enforcement action against vehicles which are operating “out-of-area”; and
-    the difficulty in sharing relevant safeguarding information.

To enable taxi and private hire licensing functions to be exercised on this basis, it is considered that there are 2 potential options for the organisational structure of JTAs:

A single JTA for the whole of Wales with regional delivery boards (i.e. committees of the national JTA); or

2. A national JTA that would be required to discharge specified national/ strategic functions, and three separate regional JTAs that would be required to discharge specified regional/implementation functions.

IoL response

The IoL will be responding to the consultation (which will close on 27 March.  All IoL members are being consulted for their views as any moves to introduce a single licensing authority in Wales may also then form a template for consideration in England.


The survey can be accessed online and will close on 10 March.


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