July 2016

The Society’s committees have been working on a number of Scottish Parliament and UK Parliament Bills and consultations including immigration and asylum tribunal fees, the minimum age of criminal responsibility and the proposed secondary market for pension annuities.

Key areas are highlighted below. For more information see the law reform section of the website

Taxi and Private Hire Car Licensing

The Licensing Law Committee has responded to a Scottish Government consultation on the impact of modern technology on the licensing regime for taxis and private hire cars.

We believe that the influence of modern technology has created potential confusion between the separate regimes and that the Scottish Government should consider whether a fundamental overhaul of the two tier system, as it operates at present, is needed.

In the interests of public safety, both operators and drivers will have to continue to be licensed, so there needs to be clear thought given to whether further licensing is necessary.

The full consultation response is available to read on the law reform section of the website