Engine Idling - smarter driving training programme

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


How many of the taxi and private hire vehicle drivers who participated in the smarter driving training programme - funded through your Cleaner Air Fund in 2012 - are still operating on London's roads? Is it time to consider re-offering this training to professional drivers in order to reduce emissions from high-mileage vehicles operating in central London?


Answer for Engine Idling - smarter driving training programme

Answer for Engine Idling - smarter driving training programme

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The smarter driver training was implemented for licensed taxi and private hire drivers and provided by the Energy Saving Trust (EST) as part of the Cleaner Air Fund initiative in 2011/12.

Interested drivers were able to participate by registering with the EST and as the training was completely voluntary, TfL did not have access to or keep records of those drivers that took part. 

This initiative was funded by the Department for Transport and funding was only available for a limited period.

There is an ongoing requirement for all Knowledge students to complete the enhanced Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) taxi assessment prior to becoming licensed. This assessment includes an 'eco driving' element.

I am keen to see drivers continue to participate in 'eco driver' training which is available at a subsidised rate from a number of different driver training companies. Drivers that participate in this training benefit from fuel savings and of course, this contributes to improving the air quality in the capital.