Taxi and Private Hire Trade (1)

MQT on 2017-11-16
Session date: 
November 16, 2017
Question By: 
David Kurten
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Suburban Taxi Drivers are finding it extremely difficult to earn the London living wage after expenses and working excessive hours.  This is due to TfL over saturating the market with both taxi and PH licences without carrying out a supply and demand surveys.  From the 1st Jan 2018, how do you expect them to afford the new electric cab?


Answer for Taxi and Private Hire Trade (1)

Answer for Taxi and Private Hire Trade (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL is currently required to issue a licence to any individual that meets the conditions for licensing in London. The significant increase in the number of private hire drivers and vehicles in recent years is causing congestion and air quality problems for London, but I do not have the power to do anything about this.

To address this, a change in the law is needed. I am actively lobbying Government for the power to cap the number of private hire vehicles in London, alongside introducing new legislation to address cross border hiring, without which any cap would ineffectual.

There are a variety of schemes in operation to help taxi owners and drivers to purchase a new zero emission capable taxi. This includes the Government's £7,500 plug-in taxi grant.

Additionally, owners of London's oldest and most polluting vehicles may be eligible for TfL's delicensing scheme which will give owners up to £5,000 to remove their vehicle from the London taxi fleet. This could then be used to purchase a new ZEC taxi.