Engine Idling - taxi rank design

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Reference: 
2014/3097
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

What, if any, amendments have been made to the design of taxi ranks to discourage idling by drivers?

Answer

Answer for Engine Idling - taxi rank design

Answer for Engine Idling - taxi rank design

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Taxi ranks remain an essential part of the capital's transport network and this is why I am committed to TfL publishing a ranks action plan. This plan, which contains a number of initiatives aimed at improving existing ranks and introducing new ranks, will be published by the end of 2014.

As well as enabling the public to safely and securely access taxi services, ranks also help play a role in reducing harmful emissions from taxis by reducing the amount of time drivers spend driving around waiting to be hailed. However, the opportunities for making physical changes to existing taxi ranks to implement new ranks are extremely limited due to competing demands for highway and kerbside space. TfL has reviewed many suggestions for making changes to the layout of ranks, including gated control systems and dedicated lanes and it continues to seek a solution.

As part of the Cleaner Air Fund initiative in 2011/12, taxi marshals were used at mainline stations to manage passenger and taxi queues and to engage with taxi drivers to promote 'eco/smarter driving' techniques such as switching off the engine and avoiding unnecessary engine idling.