I understand the former Mayor of London worked hard to ensure that there is a sustainable future for London's iconic black cabs by helping to bring the trade into the 21st century and create a level playing field for both black cabs and minicabs in London. As a result of a recent consultation, the Transport for London (TfL) Board has been asked to agree the following proposals to modernise private hire regulations:
On your specific point on capping the number of private hire vehicles in London, the Mayor of London has been in discussion with the Government about a possible cap on minicab driver numbers. While it is unlikely that legislation on this front will be brought forward, the Mayor has also asked TfL to investigate the impact and feasibility of removing the Congestion Charge exemption for private hire vehicles in central London to tackle pollution and reduce congestion.
All of this action is being undertaken in order to preserve and boost the taxi trade.
I will follow up these issues with the new Mayor of London and look at what opportunities arise in the next session of Parliament to preserve the iconic black cab trade in London.
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