The Transport Committee said back in 2014/15, an investigation found there were serious challenges for the taxi and private hire industries that Transport for London had not adequately addressed. Taxi and private hire services represent a vital part of London’s transport network and employs thousands of Londoners.
The committee wants a number of key questions to be answered:
- To what extent does London have a thriving taxi and private hire sector, and how does performance vary among different parts of these industries (defined by types of service, operator size, geography and so on)?
- What have the Mayor and TfL done to improve the safety of these services for passengers, including enforcement against illegal operators, and what else needs to be done?
- Are the entry requirements for drivers in the taxi and private hire trades appropriate, or how should they be improved?
- What have the Mayor and TfL done to reduce the impact of this sector on London’s traffic congestion problem, and what else needs to be done?
- What have the Mayor and TfL done to improve the accessibility to these services for disabled people, and what else needs to be done?
- What progress has TfL made reducing harmful emissions from taxi and private hire vehicles?