Illegal Minicabs (Supplementary) [2]

Session date: 
June 18, 2008
Question By: 
Richard Barnbrook
British National Party
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


First off, Mayor Boris, I would like to thank you for taking the race out of Rise. However, I would have liked to have seen the £300,000 go to St George's Day rather than to Rise, but that is neither here nor there.

On to the question, thank you. It is my time, as the Chair has said. With regard to mini cab drivers I have two points. It is fascinating that 60% of illegal mini cab drivers are actually immigrants. I wonder what impact that has on other peoples' comments.

I would like to put more emphasis upon the actual fact that black cab drivers, with the Knowledge taking several years it costs the local people in London a lot of money to get through that. It seems the last outgoing Mayor had an idea of passing off free training courses, free bikes, free this on the black cabs, so I would like to ask if you would be looking into that.

Also, the other aspect of the black cab drivers is the fuel prices. We understand that fuel is going up; peak oil this, everything else going haywire. Is there a possibility then to give back to the black cab drivers the extra payment for additional passengers? If not that, the possibility of returning the surcharge per job to take the pressure off their working? A lot of black cab drivers doing it for three or four years find themselves pushed out by the illegal mini cabs.

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Answer for Illegal Minicabs (Supplementary) [2]

Answer for Illegal Minicabs (Supplementary) [2]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

That is not the question in front of me; that is the question posed by Mr Barnbrook. I certainly do not think that there should be as many illegal mini cabs as there are and that is why we are doubling the size of the TOCU and we are going to make sure that we reduce the scourge of illegal mini cabs in London and, indeed, the threat they pose to women. I think we should all work together to reduce the number of illegal mini cabs to the benefit of black cab drivers and, indeed, of legal mini cab drivers.