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In its response, the LGA said:
"Overall, the LGA welcomes this best practice guidance. It provides helpful clarity on some complex issues in taxi and private hire vehicle (PHV) licensing and will be a useful resource for both licensing authorities and the taxi and PHV trade. It also provides welcome recognition of the important role taxi and PHVs play in the transport network.
"Whilst this best practice guidance and the statutory safeguarding guidance issued in 2020 are helpful, they are not an alternative to the legislative reform that is urgently needed. The Department for Transport should bring forward a comprehensive Taxi and PHV Licensing Reform Bill which covers the full range of safeguarding, market and enforcement issues that need addressing, to the benefit of both passengers and the trade.
"More generally, this guidance should be aligned with similar guidance issued in Wales and Scotland to ensure there is some consistency of standards with drivers who may operate across borders."