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PHV or Private hire vehicles may not ply for hire at any time. This is the sole preserve of taxis.

An interesting development in 2016 was that the LTDA took upon itself to send their LTDA Marshals to patrol Pancras Road, London to move on PHV waiting  for passengers from St Pancras and Kings Cross Stations. The difficulty with this type of vigilante action – they have no authority – is that it may lead to confrontation.

To assist the Metropolitan Police Service complainants may refer to the London Hackney Carriages Act 1843 Section 33. The fact is a London taxi driver may not ply for hire elsewhere than at some standing or place appointed for that purpose (Penalty Level 1). A taxi driver is thus prohibited from taking up a position in any other place and remaining there for the purpose of plying for hire.

To summarise, my contention is that because the London taxi driver when he is over ranking is “…on view to the public…” and by his action of “over ranking” the London taxi driver will, eventually, gain a pecuniary advantage by his actions of “over ranking” the London taxi driver has committed an offence under the statute. He is clearly “…prohibited from taking up a position in any other place and remaining there for the purpose of plying for hire”and the fact he is “on view to the public” assists a conviction further. It makes him no better that a touting PHV.

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