No idling zones for taxis

Meeting: 
MQT on 2011-03-23
Session date: 
March 23, 2011
Reference: 
2011/0822
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Table 5 of your Air Quality Strategy Appendix C includes "No Idling Zone (quantified for taxis only)" as part of your modelling of how your policies will reduce pollution in London. Policy 3.4.6.of your Strategy states that "The Mayor, working with the boroughs, bus and coach operators and other organisations will establish a No-Idling Zone throughout London." You expand on this by stating that "The Mayor will make London a 'no idling zone' for parked vehicles with a particular focus on buses, coaches, taxis, private hire vehicles, and delivery vehicles." However, in answer to my question 684/2011 you deny that there will be any enforcement of no idling areas for taxis. Please explain this apparent contradiction?

Answer

Answer for No idling zones for taxis

Answer for No idling zones for taxis

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

Written response received on 7 April 2011:

As I said in my response to question 684/2011, there are no proposals for dedicated enforcement of no idling areas for taxis. I believe it is possible to reduce taxi idling by raising awareness, improving infrastructure and signage at taxi ranks, utilising technology and by providing additional training. I expect to include training on idling as part of the compulsory eco-driving courses new taxi drivers will be required to take as part of the licensing process. Existing taxi and PHV drivers will also be encouraged to take these courses, which will help them save money by reducing fuel consumption.