Low emission taxi fund

Meeting: 
MQT on 2012-01-25
Session date: 
January 25, 2012
Reference: 
2012/0249
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

In your answer to my question 3367/2011 you state that the "low emission taxi fund that would provide subsidies to drivers to switch to the cleanest vehicles on the market". Can you confirm that the 15 year age limit on licensing of black cabs has now taken effect and drivers have to switch to newer vehicles without the support of such a subsidy?

Answer

Answer for Low emission taxi fund

Answer for Low emission taxi fund

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The 15 year age limit on hackney carriages came into effect from 1 January 2012 and will assist with the delivery of cleaner air within London.

My team and TfL have been working hard to secure funds from corporate sponsorship to create a Cleaner Taxi Fund. While this has led to some interest, a sponsor for the scheme has not yet been identified. TfL continues to pursue all possible options to create a fund to subsidise drivers switching to the cleanest available taxis and further discussions with potential sponsors will take place later in 2012.

Vehicles which are currently licensed over the 15 year age limit can continue to be used until the annual licence expires.