New Taxi for London

Meeting: 
MQT on 2012-07-04
Session date: 
July 4, 2012
Reference: 
2012/2017
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Will you launch an open competition to design a new, zero-emission taxi for London?

Answer

Answer for New Taxi for London

Answer for New Taxi for London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The answer to that is no, we are not going to have a competition, a sort of TfL competition, to design a new taxi, basically because, for several reasons. We do not stand in the same relation to taxi drivers as we do to bus companies, we do not have individual contractual relationships with them, they are sole traders, they drive their own taxis; they buy their own taxis. There is quite a dynamic market now in taxi development and what we are doing is working with manufacturers on some very, very exciting schemes. Kit [Malthouse] has been instrumental in getting a hydrogen taxi on to the streets of London; that is coming down the track. As you probably know, Stephen, there are plans underway to convert the [Mercedes] Vito taxi to electric. There are other very interesting proposals that we are looking at. We are actively engaged in encouraging the taxi manufacturers to produce new models, but we are not staking a competition.