FIGURES JUST released show a “mind boggling” hike in private hire operator fees has forced at least 40 companies out of business.
In response, the Licensed Private Hire Car Association (LPHCA) is taking legal action against Transport for London’s fee increases, from £2,826 to between £6,000 and £2,900,000, at the High Court tomorrow (February 6).
We are taking legal action more in sorrow than anger and hope that the High Court rill rule in our favour and that TfL will engage with us and other key trade bodies to discuss fees that are realistic, affordable and proportionate to the cost of running its compliance and enforcement function.
Greyhound Cars in Streatham, South London has seen its operator licence fee rocket from £2,826 to £30,000 in five years and will have to pay £150,000 for a TfL licence if it takes on just one more vehicle.
Company boss Tom Leuchter said:
We established 40 years ago and are being severely affected as we cannot expand beyond more than 100 vehicles. Every year we normally increase by 20 to 30 vehicles, in the run-up to Christmas, but we unable to do so in 2017 due to these costs.