BME Black Cab Drivers

MQT on 2006-09-13
Session date: 
September 13, 2006
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What can be done to increase the proportion of Black Cab drivers from London's Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic communities and women?


Answer for BME Black Cab Drivers

Answer for BME Black Cab Drivers

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I launched the Public Carriage Office's (PCO) driver diversity campaign in November 2005, aimed primarily at encouraging more women and people from BAME communities to apply to become taxi drivers. Since the launch of the campaign, 24% of new applicants have come from BAME communities, compared with 19% in the same period a year earlier. An associated campaign aimed at encouraging more women to become licensed taxi or private hire drivers. Since the launch, 6% of new applicants have been female, compared to 4% before. Ongoing initiative includes: - Road shows held in major community centres such as the East London Muslim Centre and Camden Chinese Centre - Targeted press and publicity campaigns - Information designed to stimulate interest in becoming a licensed taxi driver published in many languages - With the GLA, LDA and Fair Cities, developing methods of supporting BAME applicants through the Knowledge learning process. - Women only introductory talks on the Knowledge; addressing issues specific to women and giving applicants the opportunity to meet other women learning the Knowledge. If you would like to attend one of these roadshows, please contact Ed Thompson (Director, Taxi & Private Hire, TfL Surface Transport) who will make the arrangements.