Taxi and Private Hire Vehicles

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Reference: 
2019/6167
Question By: 
David Kurten
Organisation: 
Brexit Alliance Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Given that TfL just licenced over 1,200 Euro 6 diesel vehicles for Addison Lee, but no longer allows the registration of new Euro 6 diesel taxis, why are you inconsistently and disproportionately disadvantaging taxi drivers in the name of cleaning up London’s air, while continuing to register thousands of the same vehicles which are now banned for taxi drivers?

Answers

Answer for Taxi and Private Hire Vehicles
Taxi and Private Hire Vehicles

Taxi and Private Hire Vehicles

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am not disadvantaging taxi drivers in the name of cleaning up London’s air. London’s taxi and private hire trades must both play their part in cleaning up London’s air.

I am helping our world-famous taxi trade to go electric by giving drivers the financial support and charging infrastructure they need to switch to cleaner Zero Emission Capable (ZEC) models. Alongside a national grant of £7,500 per vehicle, I have made a £42 million fund available to taxi drivers to delicense their older, dirtier taxis with payments of up to £10,000.

Private hire drivers do not receive the same financial support and, unlike taxis, private hire vehicles (PHVs) must comply with the Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London 24 hours, 7 days a week and pay the Congestion Charge. Zero-emissions licensing requirements for new PHVs will also be introduced gradually from next year.

In all, Transport for London (TfL) is acting to ensure both taxi and private hire fleets work to the same goal of being zero emission capable by 2033.