Taxi and Private Hire - 'Future Proof (Supplementary) [5]

Session date: 
March 25, 2015
Question By: 
Victoria Borwick
GLA Conservatives


Victoria Borwick AM:  The point about us having this open discussion today - which, as you have said before, is not just seen in this Chamber but obviously through people watching it elsewhere and on the web - is that I hope you feel and understand the strength that we feel in supporting this unique part of London’s transport infrastructure.


I also wanted to mention disabled accessibility and how important that is.  The guys who become black cab taxi drivers have trained for many years, as you say yourself.  They have invested in their vehicle, they have invested in their training and, at the end of that, they are then very regulated and they become, as we all know, what we believe is the gold standard.  Now they are facing what they perceive as somebody who is not properly regulated, who does not have to have the proper insurance and who can seem to flout all the rules.  Because they have so much money behind them, we are having a time to catch up.


What I am urging you, Mr Mayor, is to make sure that we do continue this energy that you see in the room today.  It is not just a one-day wonder, this debate.  A thoughtful report has been done, which is cross-party.  We should take that forward.  We should review it again, not only in one month, in three months and in six months, but convene again in a year’s time to see if we have managed to get everyone to catch up and in order to support our black taxi industry.




Answer for Taxi and Private Hire - 'Future Proof (Supplementary) [5]

Answer for Taxi and Private Hire - 'Future Proof (Supplementary) [5]

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  I totally agree.  We must support the black cab trade and we must also support the needs of the London travelling public.  They need vehicles that have disabled access, that conform to certain emission standards, where the drivers have been properly checked, where they are not in danger of being sexually harassed or abused or whatever, and that we have to insist on.  Then the London travelling public need drivers who can communicate with them, who know the city and who are not going to rip them off.  That is why we need to have proper regulation on both sides of the equation. 


Victoria Borwick AM:  Thank you.