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

Closed 15 Jun 2016

Opened 21 Mar 2016

Results expected 5 Jul 2016

Feedback expected 27 Jul 2016

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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. 

Audiences

  • People of Scotland

Interests

  • Economy
  • Law and Order
  • Transport