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Taxi and Private Hire Trade (5)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 18th March 2020.

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Photo of David Kurten David Kurten Brexit Alliance

In my experience from talking to taxi drivers, most of the taxi trade agree that your taxi & private hire action plan has failed. Do you agree and understand the frustration of taxi drivers?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

A host of measures have been delivered since I launched my Taxi and Private Hire Action Plan to improve public safety and support our taxi and private hire trades.

The majority of commitments have been met and details of these are set out below under the headings from the Action Plan:

Enhancing public safety

New initiatives for the taxi trade

Delivering the greenest taxi fleet in the world

Lobbying for additional powers

TfL was an active member of the Department for Transport's Task and Finish Group, which published its report including a number of important recommendations: www.gov.uk/government/publications/taxi-and-private-hire-vehicle-licensing-recommendations-for-a-safer-and-more-robust-system.

The Government responded to these recommendations and simultaneously launched a consultation on statutory guidance for taxi and private hire licensing authorities:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/847315/taxi-task-and-finish-gov-repsonse.pdf

As we await the outcome of the government consultation, TfL and I continue to lobby government for important legislative changes, including a cap on the number of private hire drivers, reform of cross border hiring, statutory definitions of plying for hire and pre-booked and high-level national minimum standards.

Regular updates regarding the work TfL is carrying out are provided by a variety of means including, on TfL's website, via the media and social media, in a weekly email to 100,000 licensees, during GLA question sessions and through continual engagement with the taxi and private hire trades.