Buying Taxis in early 2018

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2017
Reference: 
2017/5054
Question By: 
Tony Devenish
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Given the new hybrid taxi which was due out in October has been delayed until next Spring and given that no diesel taxis can be sold from 1st January there will be no compliant taxis available to buy from January 2018. How is the Mayor proposing to bridge this gap?

Answer

Answer for Buying Taxis in early 2018

Answer for Buying Taxis in early 2018

Answered By: 
The Mayor

From 1 January, all taxis that are licensed for the first time must be zero emission capable (ZEC). Transport for London (TfL) has been working closely with a number of manufacturers who are developing ZEC taxis.  I am delighted to confirm that the London Electric Vehicle Company's TX eCity has recently passed TfL's Conditions of Fitness assessment and has been licensed.  The vehicle was formally launched on 5 December.  We anticipate other vehicles will be developed and available to purchase soon, offering a choice for drivers.