In this article, the effects of the transport act 1985 (see IRRD no 825564) upon the provision of taxi services are discussed. The act enables district councils in England and Wales to license hackney carriages in their areas, and 86% of authorities have adopted the provisions of the 1976 local government (miscellaneous provisions) act which give powers for licensing private hire vehicles. Numerically, the private hire sector is larger than the hackney carriage sector. In 43% of local authority areas, a hackney carriage license is granted on demand, resulting in an increase in hackney cabs, however in the majority of areas (57%), a policy of restriction operates, which, favours the growth of private hire cars. In terms of taxi use, bus deregulation has had a detrimental effect upon the taxi trade, as in some areas the use of small units of transport, mini buses, has meant that longer operating hours are feasible and this overlaps into those times which were served by taxi services.

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  • Authors:
    • TONER, J
    • Waterman, R
  • Publication Date: 1989-11-9


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 15-16
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 172
    • Issue Number: 5070
    • Publisher: Hemming Group, Limited
    • ISSN: 0039-6303

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00498434
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1990 12:00AM