Who were the consultants that got it so wrong on the cost and impact of the effect of £65,000 electric cabs on taxi drivers. Has TfL questioned them over it, and if not, why not?
Jacobs completed the Integrated Impact Assessment (IIA) for the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in 2014 using the best available evidence to them at the time. However the assessment was carried out before the exact cost of the Zero Emissions Capable (ZEC) taxi was known.
In the IIA, Jacobs noted that the high cost of a new ZEC, which was estimated at around £40,000 at the time, combined with a high proportion of drivers over the age of 50 meant that there would be a risk, even with mitigations, of an exit of drivers and vehicles from the market.
Financial support in the form of grants and a delicensing fund were put forward as mitigations. Transport for London (TfL) has recently restructured the delicensing scheme to significantly increase payments available to those who delicense their older, more polluting vehicles earlier. The enhanced scheme has had high levels of take up.
Please also see my response to Mayor's Question 2019/12074.