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Taxi and Private Hire Trade (3)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 16th March 2020.

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Photo of David Kurten David Kurten Brexit Alliance

Do you accept that your taxi policy has caused a deterioration in the overall mental health of taxi drivers?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

No. Taxis have a long and proud history in the capital. I want to ensure this rapidly changing industry and the customers it serves are fully supported, both now and in the future, and I committed to this in my Taxi and Private Hire Action Plan. My Plan has seen a host of measures delivered, including a number of new initiatives to help support the taxi trade. My response to Mayor’s Question 2020/1059 provides further details.

Transport for London (TfL) takes the mental health and overall wellbeing of taxi and private hire licensees very seriously. TfL is also clear that for their own wellbeing, it is vital that anyone who feels that they are struggling with a mental health issue should seek professional help and support which should be provided by the appropriate medical services. I am confident that TfL has worked with the taxi and private hire trade to ensure that licensees are able to find appropriate mental health and overall wellbeing support should they require it.