Taxi and Private Hire Trade (7)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2017
Reference: 
2017/5267
Question By: 
David Kurten
Organisation: 
UKIP
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

It has been over a year since you launched your "Taxi and PH Action Plan", but only a few minor items from it have been implemented, making little difference to the working conditions of Taxi Drivers. In addition, it will burden them with an electric taxi that is unaffordable in the current market, even if the grants on offer are taken up. Do you accept that your plan has failed in its objectives, has failed to drive up Private Hire standards, and that the main initiatives that would improve public safety have been sidelined because of court challenges by Uber?

Answer

Answer for Taxi and Private Hire Trade (7)

Answer for Taxi and Private Hire Trade (7)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Transport for London (TfL) and I have implemented a host of measures since launching my Taxi and Private Hire Action Plan last year to improve public safety and support our taxi trade including quadrupling the number of compliance officers on our streets.

The standard of our private hire industry is higher than ever, following the measures that have been implemented. For example, TfL has introduced an English Language Requirement and now conducts all topographical assessments. All private hire operators must provide customers with details of the driver and vehicle before the start of each journey, ensuring that customers are able to check these details before entering the vehicle. Operators must also provide an accurate fare estimate to customers before a journey, ensuring they are transparent in their pricing.

For taxis, I have introduced mandatory card and contactless payment options, making it even easier for customers to pay. I have also enabled access to additional bus lanes on TfL's road network, helping London's taxis to keep moving around the capital. These are all important measures and TfL is working on the next tranche of improvements which will be consulted on as appropriate next year.

No other city around the world is making the progress we are in cleaning up the air we live and work in. Our world renowned taxis will be leading the way with new zero emission capable (ZEC) taxis.

To encourage drivers of older, more polluting taxis to remove their vehicles from the fleet, TfL has launched a delicensing scheme for taxis between 10 and 15 years old. Owners of these taxis can receive up to £5,000 towards a new ZEC taxi. In addition, a plug-in grant of up to £7,500 is available, from the Office of Low Emission Vehicles, off the purchase price of a new ZEC taxi.