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Taxi and Private Hire Trade (2)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 17th April 2019.

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Photo of David Kurten David Kurten Brexit Alliance

Do you agree that TfL should allow taxis to continue to purchase Euro 6 diesel vehicles which the rapid charging infrastructure is inadequate, as you do for Private Hire trade?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

No. Taxis are a high contributor to pollution in central London. As they are exempt from the Ultra Low Emission Zone (unlike Private Hire Vehicles), it is vital to focus efforts on delivering the greenest taxi fleet as soon as possible.

Since 1 January 2018, Transport for London (TfL) has required all taxis presented for licensing for the first time to be zero emission capable (ZEC), and I am pleased that we now have more than 1,200 of these vehicles in the capital’s fleet. To support the uptake of these cleaner, greener vehicles, TfL has already delivered more than 170 rapid charge points with 68 of these dedicated to taxis. TfL plans to deliver 300 by the end of 2020, in addition to many other independently funded rapid chargers.

This expanding network aims to help the taxi and private hire trades by providing drivers with the charging infrastructure they need to switch to cleaner models. TfL monitors usage levels for the Rapid Charge points that it has helped to install. To date, usage data shows that even the most popular charge points are not yet at full utilisation levels.

TfL’s current target is to have delivered 300 rapid charge points by the end of 2020, while continuing to encourage independent charge point providers to install rapid chargers where appropriate.

Private Hire Vehicles will of course also need to play their part in tackling London’s polluted air. This includes complying with the Ultra Low Emission Zone and adhering to stricter licensing requirements, as set out here: https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/taxis-and-private-hire/emissions-standards-f....