Taxis and PHVs (2)

MQT on 2017-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2017
Question By: 
Keith Prince
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What is the Mayor's explanation for the 20% rise in TPH Journey-related sexual offences in 2016?


Answer for Taxis and PHVs (2)

Answer for Taxis and PHVs (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Tackling these offences remains a priority for Transport for London (TfL) and the police and every report is taken extremely seriously and fully investigated. TfL and the police are working to improve the safety of travelling by taxi or private hire through regular checking of vehicles, drivers and operators and public awareness campaigns, such as Safer Travel at Night, and efforts to improve confidence to report these issues.

Travelling by Taxi and Private Hire (TPH) vehicle is a safe way to travel in the Capital with tens of millions of journeys made in TPH vehicles every year without incident.

The reported increase in TPH journey-related sexual offences follows the trend seen in national and London wide figures for sexual offences, with a 14 per cent increase in sexual offences recorded by the police across the country. The increase will also be driven in part by TfL's campaign to encourage victims to report any sexual behaviour by a driver and the increase in the number of licensed drivers.