Low Emission Taxis

MQT on 2014-02-26
Session date: 
February 26, 2014
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


You announced funding of £1m to trial low carbon technology in London's taxi fleet on 03 June 2008. When do you anticipate allocating this funding?  


Answer for Low Emission Taxis

Answer for Low Emission Taxis

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Low Carbon Taxi project was cancelled as a result of a legal challenge to the procurement process by one of the bidders. Whilst TfL was confident that it could defend the challenge this effectively meant that it was impossible to award the contract and complete the trial within the timescales specified by the funding bodies.

Since then I have continued to work with manufacturers to deliver zero emission capable taxis for London. I have set out my plans for all newly licenced taxis to be zero emission capable from 1 January 2018. Five manufacturers are now in the final stages of designing and building such taxis, with the first expected to be available from 2015. Further information can be found at http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/media/newscentre/archive/29395.aspx.