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Can someone who doesn’t actually drive a hackney cab but may have a share in the ownership, eg a spouse, be considered a proprietor for the licensing purposes?

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Produced in partnership with David Wilson of a2z licensing
Published on LexisPSL on 18/01/2019

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  • Can someone who doesn’t actually drive a hackney cab but may have a share in the ownership, eg a spouse, be considered a proprietor for the licensing purposes?

Can someone who doesn’t actually drive a hackney cab but may have a share in the ownership, eg a spouse, be considered a proprietor for the licensing purposes?

Hackney carriages are licensable under the Town Police Clauses Act 1847 (TPCA 1847) and the Local Government (Miscellaneous provisions) Act 1976 (LG(MP)A 1976).

TPCA 1847, s 40 provides:

‘Persons applying for a licence to sign a requisition for the same.

Before any such licence is granted a requisition for the same, in such form as the commissioners may from time to time provide for that purpose, shall be made and signed by the proprietor or one of the proprietors of the hackney carriage in respect of which such licence is applied for; and in every such requisition shall be truly stated the name and surname and place of abode of the person applying for such licence, and for every proprietor or part proprietor of such carriage, or person concerned, either solely or in partnership with any other person, in the keeping, employing, or letting to hire of such carriage; and any person who, on applying for such licence, states in such requisition the name of any person who is

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