15 year taxi age limit - emission

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2663
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Can you explain the logic in continuing the 15 year age limit for black cabs prior to new zero emission capable taxi's being manufactured? Are you not encouraging drivers to buy polluting vehicles, when all their colleagues will be buying much cleaner vehicles from 2018 onwards?

Answer

Answer for 15 year taxi age limit - emission

Answer for 15 year taxi age limit - emission

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have always made it clear I want to see taxi drivers transition to zero emission capable (ZEC) taxis as soon as possible. This is why TfL's latest consultation proposes a £65m fund to bridge the purchase premium for these vehicles and to encourage drivers to retire older polluting taxis much sooner than they would have under a 15 year age limit.

TfL's proposal to combine this fund with a policy to stop licensing new diesel taxis from 2018 will deliver up to 9,000 ZEC taxis in London by the end of 2020. This is a step change well beyond that which would have occurred under existing arrangements. Crucially, however, it represents a careful balance of securing significant emissions savings from the taxi fleet without destabilising an industry already experiencing several challenges.