Taxi Vehicle Types

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3476
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

In light of the pollution levels from black cabs, should the Public Carriage Office (PCO) allow black cabbies to use other types of vehicle than those the PCO currently approves?

Answer

Answer for Taxi Vehicle Types

Answer for Taxi Vehicle Types

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I welcome and would like to encourage applications from any vehicle manufacturer regarding the approval of alternative, low emission vehicles which could be licensed as taxis in London.

Any vehicle licensed as a taxi in London must meet the Conditions of Fitness which details the minimum requirements the vehicle must meet in order to be licensed. Following a recent High Court Judgment in Liverpool related to this matter, TfL is now considering whether this judgment means a review of the Conditions of Fitness in London is required. TfL expects to formally announce the next steps in the process by the end of the year.