Taxi Driver - Depression

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-06-20
Session date: 
June 20, 2019
Reference: 
2019/12310
Question By: 
Keith Prince
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

How many Licenced Taxi Drivers have had their licences revoked or suspended due to depression, anxiety or any other mental health condition in the years, 2014-2018. Please provide an annual breakdown.

Answer

Taxi Driver - Depression

Taxi Driver - Depression

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Please see my response to Mayor's Question 2019/8907.

Transport for London (TfL) would expect licensees to seek help for any medical condition at the earliest stage possible, to ensure it is treated.  In the vast majority of cases, if medical help is sought and the condition is treatable, it is unlikely that TfL will need to take licencing action.  Licensing action will only be taken if there is a risk to the travelling public or indeed the licensee – in line with DVLA group 2 medical standards.  

Mental health illnesses, including depression and anxiety, are serious conditions that require treatment - no-one should suffer in silence. Alongside TfL, I would urge any taxi or private hire driver to seek help and support at the earliest opportunity if they are experiencing depression or anxiety so they can receive appropriate treatment and support. With the right treatment, it is unlikely that a driver would not continue to meet DVLA Group 2 Medical Guidelines but TfL would ultimately need to assess drivers in their capacity as a regulator to ensure passengers safety.