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New Action Plan for London Taxi & Private Hire

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced on 13 September 2016 new measures to protect the Capital’s black cab trade and drive up standards across the private hire industry for passengers. The Taxi and Private Hire Action Plan, includes specific new measures to support licensed taxi drivers, and sets out ambitious plans to enhance public safety, and also improve London’s air quality.

Measures include:

  • Opening of an extra 20 bus lanes for use by taxis this year and asking London Boroughs to consider access for taxis to a further 40 on roads they control
  • The number of taxi ranks will also be increased by at least 20 per cent by 2020
  • The use of new technology to provide customers with information to help connect them with taxis more quickly and easily – adding taxi information to our journey planner by summer 2017.

The iconic black cab trade – will be helped to become the greenest in the world:

  • From next year, up to £5,000 will be available to drivers who scrap the oldest and most polluting taxis
  • A grant of £3,000 will be provided towards the first 9,000 Zero Emission Capable (ZEC) taxis
  • Asking the Government to guarantee the ‘plug-in car grant’ for these vehicles, which would take the total grant to £7,500
  • From 01 January 2018 no more new diesel taxis will be licensed – helping to address London’s poor air quality and tackle the unacceptably high number of people dying each year because of air pollution
  • The new plans include new ‘zero emission’ ranks for drivers who pioneer green technology alongside a network of rapid electric charge points.

New technology is changing the way many Londoners access taxis and private hire vehicles, and the New Action Plan addresses how regulation can be used to ensure safety standards are applied across the taxi and private hire markets.

A range of measures are being introduced to enhance public safety, many of these were outlined in the recent Private Hire Regulations review. These include:

  • A formal English language requirement for all private hire drivers
  • The provision of driver and vehicle details to customers, including a photo of the driver, before the start of each journey
  • Even more robust insurance requirements
  • Other new initiatives to further drive up standards are now also underway, including quadrupling the number of on-street Compliance Officers, with 250 more dedicated officers on the streets by summer 2017
  • By summer next year, there will be requirement for private hire drivers to pass an advanced driving test before they can be licensed or relicensed.

Download a full copy of the Taxi and Private Hire Action Plan 2016.