Engine Idling - taxi marshals

MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Will you consider reintroducing taxi marshals at mainline stations in central London in order to engage directly with taxi drivers and reduce idling at busy taxi ranks?


Answer for Engine Idling - taxi marshals

Answer for Engine Idling - taxi marshals

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As part of the Cleaner Air Fund (CAF) initiative in 2011/12, a number of different activities were implemented to reduce harmful emissions and help improve air quality in London. One of these activities was the placement of taxi marshals at busy mainline station taxi ranks. These marshals managed passenger and taxi queues but also engaged with taxi drivers to promote 'eco/smarter driving' techniques such as switching off the engine and avoiding unnecessary engine idling.

The CAF funding was provided by the Department for Transport for a limited period and TfL has no plans to reintroduce eco taxi marshals at the present time. However, we are working with a number of London boroughs to see if they will be able to deliver similar programmes over the coming months.

I remain committed to improving air quality in London and in January I announced my intention to introduce a requirement that from January 2018 all newly licensed taxis must be capable of zero emissions operation. TfL will be consulting on this proposal later this year.