Taxis in Bus Lanes

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 16th March 2021.

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Photo of Keith Prince Keith Prince Conservative

Do you believe your actions as Mayor have lived up to your answer to question 2016/1804, in which you told Assembly Member Eshalomi MP “This expectation was supported by TfL's own Bus Lane Policy, which asserts that taxis 'fulfil demands that cannot be met by the bus, train or tube”, and by previous Mayoral statements on the importance of taxi access to bus lanes?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

I did not make the statement quoted in your question. My response to Mayor’s Question 2016/1804 makes clear that taxis are an integral part of London’s transport network for residents, visitors and businesses and highlights the special status and privileges that they enjoy. My Transport Strategy also highlights the importance of taxis and my commitment to ensuring that London continues to have a safe, secure and accessible world-class taxi service.

It remains the case that taxis can access more than 90 per cent of bus lanes in London. As you may be aware, TfL has also recently introduced a trial for 24-hour bus lanes, and existing access for taxis is being retained as part of this trial.