Pollution from Black Cabs

MQT on 2017-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2017
Question By: 
Leonie Cooper
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


With the imminent introduction of the Zero-Emission Capable Taxis (available for purchase from the end of 2017) when will Londoners see noticeable results in reducing pollution from Black Cabs? With only a voluntary scrappage scheme and some taxis potentially staying on the roads until 2032 (if purchased just before the new ZEC taxis come in), what does air modelling show in terms of when improvements will be noticeable?


Answer for Pollution from Black Cabs

Answer for Pollution from Black Cabs

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My Taxi and Private Hire Action Plan sets out how I will help phase out diesel taxis and deliver the greenest taxi fleet in the world. Alongside new licensing requirements from 1 January 2018, which will require that newly registered taxis are Zero Emission Capable (ZEC), Transport for London (TfL) is introducing a comprehensive package of measures to encourage drivers to switch to new ZEC taxis. TfL's new Taxi Delicensing Scheme opened in July 2017, with payments of up to £5,000 to retire the oldest taxis from London licensing. This scheme, combined with Government grants of up £7,500 off the purchase price of a new ZEC taxi, means London will shortly see a significant shift away from polluting diesel taxis to new cleaner ZEC taxis.

This package of measures to encourage drivers to switch to new ZEC taxis aims to achieve a minimum of 9,000 ZEC taxis in London by 2020 (or the equivalent in kilometres driven). It is estimated that reaching our target of 9,000 ZEC taxis, out of around 21,000 taxis, would reduce NOx emissions from taxis by around 45 per cent in 2020. This target was set in agreement with the trade and will be kept under scrutiny as part of my extensive plan to tackle London's toxic air which includes an ambition that all taxis and private hire vehicles are zero emission capable by 2033 and London's entire transport system is zero emission by 2050.