Monopoly production of London black cabs

MQT on 2007-09-12
Session date: 
September 12, 2007
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What were the findings of the latest Public Carriage Office review into taxi conditions of fitness regarding CO2 emissions and turning circle requirements? What can you do to promote the production of more fuel-efficient black cabs? What difficulties do manufacturers have when trying to enter the black cab market?


Answer for Monopoly production of London black cabs

Answer for Monopoly production of London black cabs

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The review of taxi conditions of fitness did not explicitly relate the turning circle requirement to CO2 emissions. However, the retention of the turning circle requirement on all licensed taxis is expected to reduce taxi mileage. This is because the tight turning circle, which is frequently used, allows taxi drivers to perform 180-degree turns to drop off or pick up passengers, rather than drive for longer distances to change direction.

Measures currently under consideration to improve fuel efficiency include the promotion of `eco driving' and `eco maintenance', and working with taxi suppliers on the development of hybrid engine technology.

Vehicle manufacturers wishing to enter the London taxi market must satisfy the conditions of fitness ( Any manufacturer considering this would be well advised to contact the Public Carriage Office for further advice. The revision to the conditions of fitness will last for a period of years, which should increase the certainty for new manufacturers to enter this specialized market.