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Title: Roy Ellis


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Roy Ellis Head of the Public Carriage
Office, London
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Compliance
21,000 taxis
plus
37,000 private hire vehicles
now licensed and identifiable
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58,000 taxis and private hire vehicles
plus 62,000 taxi and private hire drivers
plus 2,300 private hire operators
equals 122,300 licensees
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Enforcement
Transport Operational Command Unit (TOCU) Cab
Enforcement Team
Scale of responsibility
  • 32 boroughs
  • 8.5 million population
  • estimated 42,000 touts
  • 34 dedicated police officers

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Enforcement
TOCU Cab Enforcement Team
Areas of responsibility
  • arrest of touts and unlicensed drivers
  • illegal operators
  • offences by licensed drivers

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Enforcement
TOCU Cab Enforcement Team
Regular activity
  • plain clothed operations
  • static high visibility road checks
  • mobile high visibility road checks
  • joint enforcement visits and patrols with the PCO
  • multi-agency operations
  • 85 of time spent on touts

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Enforcement
TOCU Cab Enforcement Team
Current initiatives
  • one female officer tape recording conversations
    with touts, backed up by two further officers
  • 576 female police officers available
  • officers from ethnic minorities and with foreign
    language skills used to target touting at
    Heathrow Airport
  • positive approach (may need change in legislation)

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Enforcement
Touts April 2004 to June 2005
Arrests 1650 Convictions/Cautions 1156 448 of
whom were licensees or applicants
Resulting in
Revocations 86 Suspensions
284 Warnings 31 Refusals 16 NFA
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Enforcement
Touting
  • inconsistent penalties imposed by courts
  • DNA testing introduced December 2003
  • response to high incidence of sexual assaults by
    unlicensed drivers
  • 9 arrests for serious sexual offences to date as
    a result of DNA matches

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Application of Existing Legislation
Private Hire Vehicles (London) Act 1998
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Legislative Changes
  • Road Safety Bill
  • Removal of the term public in private hire
    legislation
  • London Local Authorities and Transport for London
    Bill
  • Pedicab registration

Transport for London Bill
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Legislative Changes
Fixed Penalty Notices
  • unattended taxi on a rank
  • failure to produce licence
  • plying outside area
  • excess passengers
  • failure to wear badge

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Legislative Changes
  • taxi drivers badges - not necessarily metal
    ticket
  • charge for replacement badges
  • private hire drivers to carry licences
  • private hire drivers to produce badge for
    inspection
  • secondary private hire operating centres
  • removal of private addresses from public register
  • directional taxi ranks
  • fares for journeys outside London
  • immediate prohibition of vehicles by PCO staff

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roy.ellis_at_pco.org.uk Public Carriage Office 15
Penton Street London N1 9PU United Kingdom 44
(0)20 7941 7821 www.tfl.gov.uk
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