Taxi Licence Fees Deferral

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

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Photo of Keith Prince Keith Prince Conservative

Due to severe financial challenges facing taxi drivers and proprietors, will the Mayor consider a deferral scheme of taxi drivers' vehicle licence fees?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

As I have made clear in my response to Mayor’s Question 2020/4262, I do recognise the plight of the capital’s taxi and private hire industries and have written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer to ask him to provide more support.

I know Transport for London has taken a pragmatic approach, wherever possible, to help licensees throughout the coronavirus pandemic. This includes on two separate occasions introducing temporary arrangements that enabled a number of taxis and private hire vehicles to remain licensed for a 6-month period at no cost to the licensee.

A vehicle owner can also choose not to license their vehicle for a period of up to 24 months if they are not working. In these circumstances, vehicle owners must be mindful of taxi and private hire vehicle licensing requirements when they seek to relicense their vehicle.