Consultation on exemptions to taxi and private hire vehicle age limits
* Consultation begins on Monday 23 May
* Decision on exemptions to age limits to be made later this year
Transport for London (TfL) is asking for the opinions of the taxi and private hire trade in a consultation on proposed exemptions to age limits which will be introduced for both taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs) in 2012.
The consultation will begin on Monday 23 May 2011 and will run for eight weeks. Responses to the consultation will be considered by the Director of Taxi and Private Hire, and a decision will be taken on exemptions later this year.
John Mason, Director of Taxi and Private Hire said: “The Mayor is implementing a wide range of initiatives aimed at reducing emissions harmful to Londoners’ health. Transport for London has consulted closely with the taxi and private hire industry on elements of this affecting the black cab and private hire trade and we now welcome comments regarding the proposed exemptions to vehicle age limits.”
Road transport is responsible for around 80 per cent of airborne pollution (PM10) in central London where air quality is worst, with black cabs contributing 20 per cent of this.
Age limits for taxis and PHVs are being introduced from January 2012 as part of the Mayor’s air quality strategy. These plans include a range of measures to clean up transport including cars, buses, vans and lorries as well as taxis and PHV vehicles.
The age limits will be in force from 1 January 2012 for vehicles already licensed as Taxi and Private Hire in London, while minimum emission standards for newly licensed vehicles entering the taxi and PHV fleets will apply from 1 April 2012.