Jacobs Report (1)

MQT on 2017-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2017
Question By: 
David Kurten
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Why have TfL ignored the conclusions of the Jacobs Report which states that: "Virtually all taxi drivers are self-employed and would therefore have to bear the cost of a new vehicle themselves while at the same time seeing the value of their present taxi diminishing. With a new zero emission vehicle costing approximately £40,000, and a high proportion of drivers over the age of 50, there is a risk, even with mitigation, of an exit of drivers and vehicles from the market. Taxi drivers with older vehicles can: invest in new vehicles, including second hand that meet the age limit but availability of the latter is expected to be virtually nil; or withdraw from the market."


Answer for Jacobs Report (1)

Answer for Jacobs Report (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am committed to making London's taxi fleet the greenest in the world. I am investing £875m to improve air quality in London and this includes significant funding to support taxi drivers to switch to zero emission capable vehicles.

TfL commissioned Jacobs to assess the environmental, health, equality, economic and business impacts of the original Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) proposals to inform the October 2014 consultation. The previous Mayor approved the introduction of the ULEZ following that consultation, with an exemption for taxis, alongside a further consultation with the taxi and private hire trades on revised proposals to introduce zero emission capable licensing requirements. Please see my answers to MQ 2017/2635 and MQ 2017/2636.

My Taxi and Private Hire Action Plan aims to ensure that the markets for taxi and private hire drivers are fair, with space for all providers to flourish. It sets out measures that will help taxi drivers phase out diesel taxis and switch to new clean zero emission capable taxis. TfL are offering payments of up to £5,000 to drivers of the oldest vehicles who choose to no longer license their taxi in London and they are also contributing to the Government's Plug-in Taxi Grant, which will provide up to £7,500 off the price of a new zero emission capable taxi. I am lobbying Government for a national scrappage fund that would see taxi drivers receive additional compensation to scrap their old taxis.

TfL are also delivering a new rapid charge point network, with locations dedicated to taxis, to enable drivers to maximise fuel savings and operate mostly with zero emissions.