Licensed Taxi Drivers

Meeting: 
MQT on 2012-09-19
Session date: 
September 19, 2012
Reference: 
2012/2507
Question By: 
Roger Evans
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

I recently met with a number of Licensed Taxi Drivers who feel they are being unfairly treated by the PCO. It currently takes about four years to pass the All-London Knowledge in order to work anywhere in the Greater London area. Can you ensure that the PCO are doing everything they can to ensure a timely examination process for yellow badge holders who wish to progress to green badge status?

Answer

Answer for Licensed Taxi Drivers

Answer for Licensed Taxi Drivers

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Through my own discussions with suburban drivers over the past year I am well aware they have been finding the current economic conditions very challenging.

That is exactly why I announced a suburban taxi driver action plan in my manifesto which TfL is actively taking forward. The first step in this process is a Suburban taxi driver workshop which TfL has arranged for 24 September. At this workshop TfL is looking to discuss and explore all aspects of suburban licensing and how TfL and the trade can work together on improving conditions for suburban drivers.

I can assure you TfL is committed to ensuring all candidates pass through the world famous knowledge examination process as quickly as possible. In the past 18 months many changes have been made to speed up the process including increasing the number of examiners, reducing delays between stages and reducing administration to increase the time available for examinations. However there may well be opportunities to assist suburban drivers who wish to qualify for the all London licence further and these will be explored at the workshop and through any subsequent discussions and consultation.