Biss airs taxi association’s opposition to new radio bill

The Joint Radio Taxi Association (JRTA) - which represents London licensed radio circuit operators such as RadioTaxis and Computercab - has brought in AS Biss and Co to advise on a Government bill which threatens the future of the radio taxi industry.

The Joint Radio Taxi Association (JRTA) - which represents London

licensed radio circuit operators such as RadioTaxis and Computercab -

has brought in AS Biss and Co to advise on a Government bill which

threatens the future of the radio taxi industry.



AS Biss, which already advises the London Taxi Board was hired to lobby

on the Wireless Telegraphy Bill at the end of last month.



Through the bill the Government aims to bring market forces to bear on

allocation of radio frequencies. Radio frequency licences would be

auctioned, adding significant costs to the fees that taxi operators

already pay to use the frequencies. JRTA is worried that the frequencies

will be distributed without proper consideration of efficiency of

use.



AS Biss will provide input to the radio agency responsible for drafting

the bill. The account will be reviewed on a quarterly basis as the bill

passes through the House.



The second reading is expected to take place before the House goes into

recess on 31 July and Royal Assent is expected by the end of the

year.



Geoff Riesel, chairman of Radio Taxis and secretary of JRTA says: ’AS

Biss’s remit is to assist in ensuring that the radio circuits have

security of tenure and that we are not subjected to auctioning against

the likes of Hutchinson, Vodafone and huge public networks.’



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