Driving for app-based companies
Private hire booking
All private hire vehicle journeys must be pre-booked through a licensed private hire vehicle operator and are subject to a ‘triple licensing lock’. This means the operator fulfilling the booking must use vehicles and drivers licensed by the same authority as that which granted its licence.
Following the relaxation on sub-contracting rules for private hire vehicles that came into effect on 1 October 2015, any operator can also sub-contract bookings to other licensed private hire operators in other local authority areas so that the operator can send an appropriately licensed vehicle and driver.
Whilst it may be interpreted that companies that undertake app-based bookings are taking advantage of this, they continue to conduct their business lawfully as long as they hold a private hire operator (PHO) licence and any work they sub-contract is lawfully allocated.
Hackney carriage vehicle bookings
Hackney carriages (taxis) that are licensed in Hinckley and Bosworth can undertake pre-booked work for any operator.
Please note that if a taxi carries out any pre-booked work for journeys that start and end in Hinckley and Bosworth borough, they must not charge more than the metered fare that is set by the council. If they do, they may be breaking the law and, if found guilty, may face prosecution and (or) a review of their hackney carriage/private hire driver’s licence.
Also, journeys that start in Hinckley & Bosworth and terminate outside of the borough area must also be charged at the metered fare, unless an agreement has taken place before the journey begins.
This may be relevant as some operators/app-based firms quote a fare to be accepted by the customer before the journey commences, so drivers should be aware of this piece of legislation.
Please note: We haven't as yet received any applications in Hinckley and Bosworth for a private hire operators licence from any large app company such as UBER, LYFT or GETT.
Last updated: 28/02/2023 13:53