TfL License Minicabs

Meeting: 
Plenary on 2006-12-06
Session date: 
December 6, 2006
Reference: 
2006/0477
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

Question

I previously asked how can TfL facilitate safe access to licensed minicabs for users of clubs and late night facilities along red routes and 24hour bus lanes - where minicab drivers feel in danger of being ticketed while waiting to collect passengers who have ordered their services? The Mayor told me that TfL is considering whether private hire vehicles should be able to pick up and set down passengers on red routes, reflecting the role in business for such services in the transport strategy and their importance to Londoners. He said that ' Work is progressing to quantify these effects and ensure that any exemptions would not prevent the effective operation of red routes. I have made clear to TfL that I expect them to find a way to do this if it is at all humanly possible.' What progress has been made this far?

Answer

Answer for TfL License Minicabs

Answer for TfL License Minicabs

Answered By: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

The Mayor has made it clear that he wants TfL to find a way to allow private hire vehicles to stop to pick up and set down passengers on Red Routes in a way that does not interfere with the effective operation of those routes. A TfL working group has been set up for this purpose. Research is in hand to look at impacts and options. Other steps that may be needed to implement any solution are also being considered.

We expect to reach conclusions in the New Year, and if it is decided to go ahead a detailed programme for implementation will be developed.

Once this has been achieved, TfL will work with other stakeholders to assess the potential impacts of allowing these vehicles to make use of London's bus lanes.