Safe Access to Licensed Minicabs (Supplementary) [2]

Session date: 
July 12, 2006
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Thank you, Mayor. In fact it would actually solve the problem. There are just one or two sensitive locations where minicabs have had trouble picking up and dropping off, and it is a particular issue when it is late at night and there are people who have been concerned about homophobic attacks et cetera. The taxi licensing scheme for minicabs has been a great success, a real step forward, and it just would be helpful to have full facilitation for people to use these things at night. If TfL cannot find a way of making a pick up and set down on red routes work for minicabs, would you ask TfL to try and work up particular local schemes in those very local areas where we have problems, for example, I do not want to encourage touting, but it would be possible to have a marshalled minicab pick up point for Friday night and Saturday night where there are clubs with particular difficulties.


Answer for Safe Access to Licensed Minicabs (Supplementary) [2]

Answer for Safe Access to Licensed Minicabs (Supplementary) [2]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

It is all the problems that would come with ranking from those local schemes that has put the spur under TfL to look for general dispensation for minicabs in red routes across the field. It is going to be easier than the problems we get with ranking on specific sites, like Lambeth Council is looking at Clapham High Street. So we are going to try and get a general dispensation, we will fall back to local ones if it does not work, but I get lobbied relentlessly by minicab drivers on this point.