Driving for app based companies
Private hire bookings
Private hire operators licensed with us operate private hire vehicles and drivers which are also licensed in our borough. However, all operators, including our private hire operators and those licensed outside of the borough, can legally dispatch vehicles and drivers to carry out work anywhere in the country providing that the vehicle and driver that is allocated to the booking is also licensed with the council that issued the relevant private hire operator’s 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 dispatch an appropriately licensed vehicle and driver.
There is nothing in the legislation that restricts in any way the trading area of any private hire operator. Whilst it may be interpreted that companies that are undertaking app based bookings are taking advantage of this, they continue to conduct their business lawfully.
External operator private hire vehicles are subject to the same legislation as Hinckley & Bosworth private hire vehicles, and where a breach of legislation is identified we will investigate and take appropriate action.
Hackney carriage vehicle bookings
Hackney carriages (taxis) that are licensed in Hinckley & Bosworth can do pre-booked work for any operator in the country. However, one of our licence conditions for vehicles is that we will not normally licence a vehicle that won't be used primarily in our area, so in essence, the vehicle needs to be working in our borough more often than not.
It must be highlighted that if a taxi carries out any pre-booked work for journeys that start and end in Hinckley & 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 announce 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: 04/03/2020 14:51