Scrapping Taxis without TfL Consultation

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 8th January 2021.

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Broken down for each of the last 6 years, how many London Taxi drivers have been forced to scrap their vehicles without any compensation from TFL?

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No taxi drivers have been forced to scrap their vehicles.

There is an air quality crisis in London and taxis are some of the most polluting vehicles on the roads. In central London, taxis are responsible for 25 per cent of all transport emissions of Nitrogen Oxides (NOx), and this has been brought into ever starker relief recently as coronavirus is a respiratory illness.

Transport for London (TfL) and I have had to take steps to reduce emissions from the taxi fleet, including a Zero Emission Capable (ZEC) licensing requirement and a phased reduction of taxi age limits. However, we have worked collaboratively with the taxi trade and provided a number of support measures to encourage the uptake of cleaner, greener vehicles and incentivise early adoption, including: