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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2024 12:53 am 
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Another 37 people have been refused permission to run their own private hire cars in Glasgow as the city has reached its limit.

The city’s licensing committee turned down 38 applications for private hire car licences last week due to its over-provision policy — and more drivers lost out on Thursday.

The policy means only 3,450 cars can operate in Glasgow at one time. Applicants wanted to run their own vehicle, rather than hire one from a company, with many claiming the cost of renting a car is too high.

However, some admitted to not using their private hire driver’s licence during the last three months. Rules state any licence not used within three months should be surrendered.


https://news.stv.tv/west-central/almost ... ns-refused

I saw the list of refusals in published council papers but hadn't noticed these were related to the PHC cap, which has now maxed out. At pretty much the same time as LEZ non-compliant taxis are going off the road.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2024 4:05 pm 
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Oooooo, that's interesting :-o

There's a slighly longer piece here from the same LDRS journalist, and this is the interesting bit:

https://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/glas ... w-29259974

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Several people who currently lease vehicles said they wanted their own car licences as the cost of renting from private firms is too high.

Cllr Alex Wilson, SNP, who chairs the licensing committee, told applicants: “The reason you have been cited today is relevant to your private hire car application. We are currently sitting at 3450 private hire cars out on the street just now, that means we’ve reached our limit.”

He asked them whether they had any reason why they should be exempt from the policy, but said personal circumstances “doesn’t come into this at all”.

An application for a three-year private hire car licence costs £483 regardless of whether the bid is successful. Cllr Wilson said this is due to administration costs.

He added allowing additional cars “goes against the policy” and a review had “deemed that to be a fair number of cars”.

Some applicants argued more cars are needed as there is a shortage on Friday and Saturday evenings. Cllr Wilson said this was due to current drivers choosing not to work at these times.


Aye, being shafted by rentals charged by fleet owners, and not being allowed to run their own car has nothing at all to do with their 'personal circumstances', Councillor Feudal Overlord :-o


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2024 7:32 pm 
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Applicants wanted to run their own vehicle, rather than hire one from a company,

How dare those drivers have the front to actually want to own their own PHV? :(

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2024 12:14 am 
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Not much new here, except to say that even more PHC licences have been refused


Further 37 people have private hire applications refused

https://www.glasgowtimes.co.uk/news/sco ... s-refused/

Another 37 people have been refused permission to run their own private hire cars in Glasgow as the city has reached its limit.

The city’s licensing committee turned down 38 applications for private hire car licences last week due to its over-provision policy — and more drivers lost out yesterday (Thursday).

The policy means only 3,450 cars can operate in Glasgow at one time. Applicants wanted to run their own vehicle, rather than hire one from a company, with many claiming the cost of renting a car is too high.

However, some admitted to not using their private hire driver’s licence during the last three months. Rules state any licence not used within three months should be surrendered.

An application for a three-year private hire car licence costs £483 regardless of whether the bid is successful. Applicants have been told this is to cover the council’s administration costs.

Last week, Councillor Alex Wilson, SNP, who chairs the licensing committee, said a review had deemed 3,450 cars is a “fair number”.

The figure was set in April last year following the review, but another review is expected to take place next year.

Over 250 more private hire car licences were made available at that time to address demand at busy times, particularly weekend evenings. Those licences have now been taken and the council has reached its over-provision limit again.

The review, commissioned by the council, found there was “unmet demand” for taxis and some evidence of “potential under-provision of private hire cars”, particularly at peak times.

It was reported the “primary issue is a lack of drivers rather than a lack of vehicles”, but extra licences could “assist in increasing the number of drivers entering the trade”.


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