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Shropshire Council In Taxi Sign Victory | Taxi Rank

Hot! Shropshire Council In Taxi Sign Victory

Shropshire Council have been successful in their bid to uphold a decision to force vehicles to display a clear sign on the side of the vehicle instead of on the roof. This is designed to make it easier for people to distinguish between private hire vehicles and Hackney carriage taxis. They faced a challenge from Central Cars Ltd who pointed out that Hackney carriage vehicles were legally allowed to display signs on their roof.

However, Central Cars Ltd lost their appeal in court and are not exempt from the new ruling. Carl Wilday, owner of the company, was extremely disappointed with the decision and to add insult to injury, he was forced to pay £1,000 in legal costs. The Strategic Licensing Committee branch of the council agreed on the signage last year after consulting the Department of Transport (DfT). The DfT agreed that having signs on the roofs of cabs could not be considered best practice. It was also noted that Hackney carriages and private hire cabs must appear different in terms of appearance.

This is especially important because private hire cabs must be booked in advance. If the public can’t tell the difference between the two, it would lead to a lot of angry passengers flagging down cabs that are not allowed to pick them up by law. Passengers who journey in a private cab that has been flagged down on the street are not insured against accident or injury.

The council was quick to tell the court that other private hire companies had contacted them and were happy with the decision. By not having roof signs, these private hire companies no longer had members of the public trying to hail cabs on the street. It was also pointed out that major cities such as Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham had already implemented the same policy.

According to council member Steve Charmley, the court’s decision was a tremendous result. He stated that this was proof of the council’s desire to make decisions in the best interests of the public. He also said that the case proved the importance of distinguishing between the two types of cab available. Rosanna Taylor-Smith is a member of the council and head of the Strategic Licensing Committee. She was also thrilled with the result and praised the court for coming to a conclusion which served the interests of the local population.

Source: shropshirelive.com

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