Black cabs and air pollution (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
October 13, 2010
Question By: 
Mike Tuffrey
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Searching for another chink, as you know I have urged you to look at the central London clean air zone so that you target your measures rather than London-wide things. If you persist in your final Air Quality Strategy with a London-wide approach, will you agree to look at your 2012 deadline for the age of taxis, which you are currently proposing reducing to 15 years? If you brought that down by a few years you would clean up a whole slew of engines and the question of testing and so forth would not be necessary. Will you reduce the age limit of taxis at 2012 to, say, 10 years instead of 15?

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Answer for Black cabs and air pollution (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Black cabs and air pollution (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As you understand very well, that is the sort of thing that you might conceivably consider but you have to bear in mind the very damaging impact you would have on hardworking people for whom their taxi is their single biggest investment and their means of income.

Mike Tuffrey (AM): But you can give help on that and clean up the air as well. Will you look at that as well?

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): There is a balance to be struck. I would not get your hopes up on 10 years for 2012.

Mike Tuffrey (AM): All right. No chinks on that one. Thank you.