Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.

09 OCT 2019

Minimum Standards for Taxi and PHV Licencing

Thank you so much for taking the time to write to me about minimum standards for taxi and PHV licencing, especially with regards to disability equality training.

I welcome the fact that the Department of Transport recognises the need to make the necessary changes to the current licensing legislations and would echo the sentiments of Professor Abdel-Haq in the forward to his report "Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing: steps towards a safer and more robust system" that the current licensing situation is inconsistent, ineffective and incompatible with the protection of vulnerable people.

I would like to assure you that I will be supporting the need to move forward with legislation addressing the current licensing inadequacies in discussions with my colleagues. The coming weeks will be extraordinarily turbulent and I suspect we are heading for a general election. The needs of people with disabilities will be championed by the Liberal Democrats.

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