Distraction by taxi and private hire drivers

MQT on 2018-07-19
Session date: 
July 19, 2018
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In answer to Question 2018/0629 you stated that following the lack of steps being taken by the Department for Transport to research the issue of the distraction some taxi and private hire drivers might face with the use of Satnavs and Apps while driving that "TfL is now considering other potential avenues to better understand this issue". Please set out what progress Transport for London has made in its consideration of further action.


Answer for Distraction by taxi and private hire drivers

Answer for Distraction by taxi and private hire drivers

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The issue of drivers and riders being distracted by mobile devices, apps and sat navs is one that affects all road users, including those who drive or ride for a living e.g. delivery drivers, couriers and taxi and private hire drivers.

I have asked Transport for London (TfL) to look into this issue and identify ways in which the level of distraction from these devices could be better understood. Workshops will be held with key stakeholders, from a number of industries, to understand the use of electronic devices whilst driving and explore solutions to the potential distraction these devices pose. Following these workshops, there may be a case for additional research to increase our understanding of the detriment to driver performance and increased collision risk when drivers use mobile / electronic devices.

TfL will continue to engage with the Department for Transport to request that legislation keeps pace with advances in technology and the ability to enforce against unsafe road user behaviour.