Ban on old Private Hire Taxis and Black Cabs

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3480
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

You propose to impose a blanket ban on private hire vehicles and black cabs above a certain age and yet you have ditched the compulsory six month road worthiness tests on black cabs. How will you ensure some owners won't simply run their vehicle into the ground in the last year of its proscribed life, thus generating far more emissions than a properly maintained older vehicle? What incentives will there be for owners to maintain older vehicles properly?

Answer

Answer for Ban on old Private Hire Taxis and Black Cabs

Answer for Ban on old Private Hire Taxis and Black Cabs

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Until any changes to the current standard are made all taxis will be required to continue to meet the current standards for vehicle emissions (Euro III). In addition to the annual inspections, TfL has a dedicated compliance team who will continue to conduct on-street compliance inspections on taxis and private hire vehicles. These inspections will ensure vehicles continue to comply with licensing standards and emissions standards, during the entire term of the vehicle license.