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ZEC Taxi (1)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 21st October 2019.

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Photo of Keith Prince Keith Prince Conservative

The attraction for taxi drivers in deciding to purchase a new ZEC taxi is fuel savings and a significant factor in those savings is the ability to home charge. What studies has the Mayor conducted to identify the percentage of drivers with that ability?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

In the 2014/15 Taxi and Private Hire Licensee Customer Satisfaction Survey (CSS), Transport for London (TfL) asked taxi drivers about where they parked their taxi. The results showed that 47 per cent of taxi drivers kept their vehicle at home on their driveway and a further nine per cent at home in a garage. These drivers should be able to charge a ZEC taxi at home.

In order to support high mileage vehicles like taxis, and allow for rapid charging while working, the TfL Rapid Charging Infrastructure project is installing 300 rapid charge points by the end of 2020. As of 8 October 2019, 207 of these have already been installed, of which 73 are taxi dedicated.