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We are also in charge of determining the regular taxi tariffs for taxi service providers and work with the London Districts to designate taxi stands throughout London. Political choices are based on open consultation, client research and/or cooperation with interested stakeholders, as well as the taxi and private rental industry. Our company is in charge of all taxi driver and vehicle licences as well as private landlords, driver and vehicle licences in London.
In addition, we define license compliance needs to make sure we adhere to the highest possible standard in both sectors. Candidates for taxi and private drivers must satisfy stringent conditions to make sure they are "fit and tidy" before obtaining a license. Taxi, private car rental and private landlords must also fulfill a number of conditions to obtain a license.
Detailed information on all necessary criterias can be found on our license pages. The Mayor' s Traffic Strategy and the Taxis and Private Hire Action Plans, which define the Traffic Mission for London and describe how we will implement the Roadmap by 2031, are being implemented.
In this context, all new registered cabs will be emission-free from 1 January 2018.
Renewed power to fight illicit taxi and private rental activities
The Metropolitan Policy has given new authority to Metropolitan Taxi and Private Hire (TPH) officers to make street stoppages without a Metropolitan Police station for the first year. As a result, it will be possible to increase the level of implementation against illicit and non-compliant activities, improve the security of taxis and private individuals and at the same compile and release precious policing forces.
Special training will now be provided to TfL's compliance officers to stop each TPH car from entering the country without the need for the local authorities to be present to inspect, test and verify the registration requirements - this may involve verifying a current policy, verifying the driver's license or ID card and verifying the car for deficiencies.
This is the first occasion on which regulatory officials have the authority to remove a rider from the street and prevent him from using it if he violates his licence. They will help to cope with the burgeoning pace of private rental activity in the German capitol, which has risen from 59,000 registered riders in 2009/10 to around 113,000.
Under the new competences, officials will also be able to better manage private rental cars registered by another public body, so-called cross-border rentals, and to counter the heightened security risks that such private rental cars can present. "Londoner security is my top concern, and with the growing private rental sector in London, it is important that we give our regulatory ombudsmen genuine power to combat illicit activities and take measures against insecure and unauthorised cars.
Most taxi and private riders offer a good and secure driving experience to Londoners, but riders who do not have a current driver's license or violate the conditions of their license should not be on the roads of London. Successfully tested at Heathrow with over 800 tested cars, the TPH Compliance Officer will lead implementation throughout London as more officials are educated under the Community Safety and Accreditation Scheme (CSAS).
The extended authority allows six or more TPH Compliance Officers to block a stopping area to stop a car and perform security check. Under the Road Traffic Act, it is a crime for a motorist not to stop when instructed to do so by a CSAS-accredited official, which can result in a penal sentence and TPH licence measures.
This new authority is part of the Mayor of London's Action Plan for Taxi and Private Hire, which contains a series of far-reaching enhancements that will raise the standard, improve services to Londoners and help provide the world's most environmentally friendly taxi fleets. In our effort to reinforce our approach to enforcing TPH, we will also make more efficient use of our law-enforcement powers to assist driver and operator prosecution for illicit and non-compliant TPH activities.
As the number of our regulatory oversight staff has grown, our ability to identify violations by drivers, vehicles and operators has grown significantly. Consequently, we are setting up mechanisms to make sure that appropriate law enforcements are in place for all crimes notified by TPH' s compliant agents, if the proofs so confirm. "Welcome to the new authority given to the TfL Taxi and Private Hire compliance officer to stop any car for inspecting, checking and verifying the license terms without the need for the attendance of the law.
Our commitment to national minimum standards for the taxi and private rental license is to provide regular and consistent security controls. The company works in close cooperation with Taxi & Private Rental, Metropolitan Police and City of London Police to guarantee the security of those using London Taxi & Private Rental facilities.
She also directly finances 68 policemen who deal with taxi and private rental matters, as well as the TPH Compliance Officers who have been checking driving licenses and cars at 240 policing stations since March 2017. Encouraging the general press to cover cabaret crime and cabaret throughout London, as well as promoting the safety of tourism through the use of taxi, minicab or home transport service.
Throughout the year, Safer Travel at Night (STaN) surgeries are carried out by L.T.F.L., the Metropolitan Police and the City of London Police, including patrolling hotspots, civilian clothing and high profile law enforcements to help uncover and discourage illicit behaviour.