Bulk-buying low emission taxis

MQT on 2014-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Will TfL examine the possibility of bulk buying black cabs at a reduced price and leasing them to taxi drivers, so that the burden is removed from cabbies and the latest technology is always used?


Answer for Bulk-buying low emission taxis

Answer for Bulk-buying low emission taxis

Answered By: 
The Mayor

European State Aid rules restrict TfL, as a public body, leasing black cabs at a reduced price. However, my clear view is that the new zero emission capable taxis must be affordable to taxi drivers and fleet owners.

To assist taxi drivers and encourage the early adoption of the new greener vehicles before the 2018 deadline, TfL and I are now exploring a number of supporting measures with the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and are in discussion with the Green Investment Bank around financial options to help the capital's transition to zero emission capable taxis.