Council Rejects New Private Hire Car Licences to Reduce Cabs in Glasgow

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The initial applications for new private-hire car licences have been rejected after a policy to reduce the number of cabs in Glasgow was introduced.

A private hire firm from Clydebank had its four applications to licence private hire cars in the city, which was refused by Glasgow City Council’s licensing committee on Thursday.

According to the members, the applications did not comply with the terms and conditions of the new overprovision rules and regulations which states there are too many private hires operating in the city.

The Glasgow council said the company has failed to demonstrate that there was no longer a need for an over provision policy and that the targets had already been met. It is to remember that the Glasgow City Council was the first in Scotland to introduce a cap on the private hire car and taxi licenses this year.

There limit is only on the number of licensed vehicles on the road but not the number of drivers.

A survey conducted by the Local Transport Projects on behalf of the local authority found that there are an extra 800 private hire vehicles on the road. The licensing committee deals with licence applications every week but now has to make tough decisions to meet these targets.

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