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Mandatory taxi reporting regulations made

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Mandatory taxi reporting regulations made 9th January 2019

DEFRA has laid regulations that will place a duty on licensing authorities to provide certain information on licensed taxis and private hire vehicles.


The Air Quality (Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles Database) (England and Wales) Regulations 2019 was laid in Parliament in 08/01/2019 and will place a duty on licensing authorities in England and Wales to provide certain information on licensed taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs) to a central database.


Subject to parliamentary debate, it is envisaged that the regulations will come into force on 1 April or shortly afterwards. They will require all licensing authorities in England and Wales to provide to a central portal on a minimum weekly basis, certain information about the taxis and PHVs that they have licensed. This will include as a minimum, the Vehicle Registration Number, start and expiry date of the vehicle licence, whether the vehicle is a taxi or PHV and the name of the licensing authority. A database will then be created from this information. Funding will be provided by central government in line with the new burdens principle.

  
The regulations have been laid following the consultation carried out last autumn (https://consult.defra.gov.uk/airquality/identification-of-taxis-and-phvs-entering-charging/)

 
This database will form part of the infrastructure that government is developing to support the introduction of charging Clean Air Zones by some local authorities from 2020 as part of their local plans to ensure compliance with statutory nitrogen dioxide limits in the shortest possible time. In some cases, local authorities will implement Clean Air Zones that apply charges to taxis and PHVs but not to private cars. Local authorities may also wish to set a different level of charge for taxis and PHVs and private cars. In these circumstances, local authorities will need to be able to distinguish private cars from taxis and PHVs.


DEFRA said it “will be issuing further guidance shortly on the interaction between licensing authorities and the database along with the processes that will be in place to ensure that the storage and use of data is in line with the General Data Protection Regulation.”


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