37 provides for the
Secretary of State to make regulations dealing with transitional
arrangements for the introduction of the new licensing regime.
Given the numbers of licence applications likely to be involved
(possibly over 1,500 applications for operators' licences, and
over 45,000 each for vehicles and drivers) some transitional arrangements
will be essential.
London taxis have been continuously
licensed since 1694, and transitional arrangements since then
have largely been limited to changes in the Metropolitan Police
District within which the London taxi licensing regime applies.
An example was the London Cab (Temporary Provisions) Order 1965
(S.I. 1965 No. 639) which dealt with transitional arrangements
for the licensing of taxis in Hornchurch Urban District and the
Borough of Romford from 1st April 1965, when these areas were
incorporated in the Metropolitan Police District. This order was
made under the Metropolitan Public Carriage Act 1869 and the London
Cab and Stage Carriage Act 1907.
40(2) makes provision
for Commencement Orders, and provides that these may contain transitional
provisions of the kind which could be included in regulations
under clause 37.
9 July 1998