Zero Emission Taxis

MQT on 2014-12-17
Session date: 
December 17, 2014
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Following reports that Nissan has suspended its plans to launch a new cleaner London taxi amid doubts triggered by your proposals for an Ultra Low Emission Zone, is it time to reconsider providing additional financial support to taxi manufacturers in order to accelerate the development of new zero emission capable taxis?


Answer for Zero Emission Taxis

Answer for Zero Emission Taxis

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I first announced my plans to introduce zero emission capable taxis in the Mayor's Air Quality strategy in 2010. Since then my team and TfL officers have had numerous discussions with taxi manufacturers, including Nissan, about the detail of my proposals. As a result I find Nissan's suggestion that it suspended its plans because of uncertainty related to my ULEZ consultation no credible.

As part of my proposals for ULEZ, TfL is consulting on a reduction in the taxi age limits and a requirement that all new taxis must be zero emission capable from 2018. Both proposals would significant increase the demand for new, cleaner taxis, such as Nissan's proposed electric London taxi.

I agree that my plans for cabbies to replace their older taxis will require financial support. This is why TfL has allocated up to £40m in its Business Plan to assist taxi drivers to purchase newer vehicles. The Office for Low Emission Vehicles has also recently announced a specific £20m fund to support the uptake of ultra low emission taxis in the UK. TfL will submit a bid for further funding to Government to ensure maximum support for the taxi trade.      

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