Taxi and Private Hire Trade (7)

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


How can the Mayor force taxi drivers to meet such high standards of 'The Knowledge' whilst allowing Private Hire drivers to remain 'bog' standard?


Answer for Taxi and Private Hire Trade (7)

Answer for Taxi and Private Hire Trade (7)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Our city has the best, most qualified taxi drivers in the world. The dedication, discipline and perseverance needed to pass the Knowledge of London to become a licensed London taxi driver is crucial in offering a world classservice. Our city's taxi trade is seen as the gold standard across the world and we aim to keep it that way.

In April 2016, TfL and the taxi trade met to discuss the Knowledge. The senior trade representatives present at the meeting agreed they wanted to maintain the current high standards of the Knowledge. 

TfL spent a significant amount of time formulating its proposals to enhance industry standards in its review of Private Hire regulations, including a three-stage public consultation process.  

The commitments I made in my Action Plan build on the work already undertaken by TfL in its regulations review and will further improve safety and drive up standards within our private hire industry. I am pleased with the progress we have made so far. However, there is more work to do. I can assure you that TfL and I are committed to ensuring that Londoners and visitors to our Capital receive the level of service that is expected from our private hire industry.