Taxi Fares at Heathrow

Meeting: 
MQT on 2006-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2006
Reference: 
2006/2165
Question By: 
Geoff Pope
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Are you aware that taxi drivers at Heathrow charge double rate or refuse potential passengers wishing to be driven outside the Greater London boundary, even for short journeys to Ashford, Middlesex, and will systems be put in their place to overcome this practice at Heathrow when Terminal 5 opens?

Answer

Answer for Taxi Fares at Heathrow

Answer for Taxi Fares at Heathrow

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Licensed London taxi drivers are not obliged to take fares that go beyond the Greater London boundary. However, many do and recommended prices for these journeys are advertised at the terminals. There is currently no legislation governing such fares. The TfL Bill currently before parliament seeks to introduce a requirement whereby `out of town' journeys, if accepted, must be undertaken on the meter if a price cannot be agreed in advance with the driver. Although Ashford, Middlesex is outside Greater London it falls within the `Fares Fair' zone where a fixed fare of £28 is offered from the airport. Fares Fair was introduced by BAA and the taxi trade at Heathrow to ensure that passengers going to locations that were formerly in the Metropolitan Police District were not disadvantaged when the boundaries changed in 2000. TfL and the PCO are working with BAA and the Heathrow Taxi Trade Partnership to address a range of issues, including fares, affecting the provision of taxis at Terminal 5.