Wheelchair Accessible Private Hire Vehicles (1)

MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The Transport Committee Future Proof Report recommended that "The Mayor and TfL should ensure that disabled taxi and private hire passengers' needs are met by taking steps to incentivise the provision of wheelchair accessible private hire vehicles (for example, through reduced vehicle licensing fees) with a view to reaching 25 per cent wheelchair accessibility across the private hire fleet by 2018." TfL responded to say, "We will consider what incentives can be put in place to encourage the take up of more private hire vehicles that are wheelchair accessible. The private hire trade does not support the imposition of quotas for the provision of accessible vehicles. TfL will continue to work with the trade on delivering on the long term ambition of increasing the availability of wheelchair accessible vehicles". Does TfL support the 25 per cent target? If not, what target do they support?


Answer for Wheelchair Accessible Private Hire Vehicles (1)

Answer for Wheelchair Accessible Private Hire Vehicles (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I fully agree that we should be doing everything possible to increase the uptake of wheelchair accessible private hire vehicles. This is why TfL is commissioning a study into the supply and demand of accessible private hire vehicles and information on booking and waiting times for these vehicles. Over the course of the next year, TfL will work with disability charities to understand the differing needs of passengers, with a view to implementing additional disability requirements and developing incentives to increase the number of wheelchair accessible vehicles in the private hire trade.

Unlike taxis, which are available for immediate hire, private hire services are pre-booked and therefore offer the ability for operators to match appropriate vehicles to passenger requirements, or subcontract bookings to other private hire operators that specialise in providing accessible private hire services. This means that private hire operators should be able to meet the needs of their disabled customers with fewer wheelchair accessible vehicles. For these reasons, currently TfL does not believe that setting a target is the most appropriate way to increase the uptake of wheelchair accessible private hire vehicles.