Date lodged: 12 January 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has carried out on the effects of the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015 on wedding car operators.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 25 January 2017
The Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015 will not remove the current exemption from taxi and private hire car licensing for vehicles while being used in connection with a funeral or wedding. It does however allow the Scottish Government to remove the current exemption for vehicles while being used for carrying passengers under a contract for its exclusive hire for a period of not less than 24 hours. Further work will be undertaken before making any amendment to the exemption for vehicles under contract.