After the Mayor's snub to the London Taxi trade by shutting the door on engagement with trade representative orgs and unions, it now seems the recent row between Sadiq Khan and transport Secretary Chris Graylin has finally come to a head, and been discussed in Parliament.
The Mayor has said in the past that he doesn't have the power to cap the number of private hire vehicles being licensed to work in the London area. But Transport Secretary Chris Graylin says the mayor has never asked for this power. Sadiq Khan argues that he has asked.
Yesterday's question in Parliament:
Theresa Villiers, Conservative MP for Chipping Barnet, asked the Secretary of State for Transport:
"What discussions he has had with the Mayor of London on the potential merits of reforming the law to give Transport for London the power to cap the number of private hire vehicle driver licences."
John Hayes, Minister of State (Department for Transport) said:
"There have been no discussions between the Secretary of State and the Mayor of London on reforming the law to give Transport for Londonthe power to cap the number of private hire vehicle driver licences.
"The Mayor has recently written to the Secretary of State for Transport requesting this reform as part of a wider package of measures."
He went on to say that the department of transport will respond to the Mayor on this and the other matters raised in due course.