Taxi and Private Hire Car Licensing - Consultation on the Impact of Modern Technology

Closed 15 Jun 2016

Opened 21 Mar 2016

Feedback Updated 14 Nov 2019

We Asked

We sought views on the impact of modern technology on taxi and private hire car licensing.

You Said

In total, 69 responses were received to the consultation. These responses offered a wide range of views on the questions posed.

We Did

The responses received will inform the development of Scottish Government policy in this area.

Results Updated 14 Nov 2019

During the Parliamentary passage of the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015, concerns were raised about the impact of modern technology on the licensing regime for taxis and private hire cars. A commitment was made to undertake further work. This summary of consultation responses forms part of that work.

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Overview

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The Scottish Government is undertaking a variety of work in relation to taxis and private hire cars. This consultation is particularly focussed on the impact of modern technology on the licensing regime for taxis and private hire cars and will cover the taking of bookings, booking offices and fares . Modern technology, such as the advent of smartphone apps allowing the booking of a taxi or private hire car directly from a mobile phone, is already having a major impact on the way that taxis and private hire cars operate. The consultation will seek views on the impact of modern technology. 
 

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Why We Are Consulting

During the Parliamentary passage of the recent Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015, concerns were raised about the impact of modern technology such as smartphone apps on the licensing regime for taxis and private hire cars. The Scottish Government has now issued a consultation on this issue, and will consider the responses in due course. 

Interests

  • Economy
  • Law and Order
  • Transport