Taxi Rank Enforcement

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2017
Reference: 
2017/3648
Question By: 
Leonie Cooper
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Residents across my constituency have raised with me the issue of too many taxis sitting on ranks - for example, 10-12 taxis when the rank has spaces marked for 6 taxis. This is especially prevalent at Putney Station and at Wimbledon Station. While the Zero-Emission Taxis will assist with reducing diesel, they are not available until the end of this year, and my constituents would like TfL to enforce where too many taxis are situated on Red Routes. Does the Mayor agree that TfL should take a more active role and can this be encouraged, to improve London's air quality at these key interchanges?

Answer

Answer for Taxi Rank Enforcement

Answer for Taxi Rank Enforcement

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL is committed to supporting my Air Quality objectives by tackling engine idling through education and enforcement at the roadside. Its enforcement officers work with volunteers and other stakeholders to deliver this activity at identified hotspot locations which includes key interchanges.

Compliance officers are regularly deployed to rail and Tube stations and in doing so provide education and enforcement where drivers are found not to be using the ranks properly and/or engine idling. I will ensure that the situation at Wimbledon and Putney is monitored and appropriate action is taken.

TfL does not currently have the specific power to take enforcement action against the drivers of idling vehicles, but is exploring a range of options to enable on-street officers to deal with this issue. In the interim TfL continues to work closely with other agencies to effectively utilise the differing powers and resources available to different partners.