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Dear Transport for London,

When was the idea to limit London taxis to a 12 year limit first suggested.
At what meeting was this first minuted.
Who suggested it.

Yours faithfully,

Jonathan Myers

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Myers

 

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Dear Mr Myers

 

TfL Ref: FOI-1020-1920

 

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Dear Mr Myers

 

TfL Ref: FOI-1020-1920

 

Thank you for your email received by Transport for London (TfL) on 5 July
2019.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy. I can
confirm we do hold the information you require. You asked:

 

When was the idea to limit London taxis to a 12 year limit first suggested

 

An age limit for London taxis was first introduced in 2010 when it became
15 years, irrespective of the year of licensing.

 

A proposal for a reduced 10 year taxi age limit was considered in 2015 as
part of the public and stakeholder consultation (October 2014 to January
2015) for the central London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ). However,
these proposals were not taken forward following discussions with taxi
trade bodies, which proposed a target to have 9,000 Zero Emission Capable
(ZEC) taxis in the fleet by 2020 (equivalent to a 45 per cent reduction in
NOx emissions from taxis in central London based on 2013 levels) coupled
with voluntary de-commissioning of the oldest taxis and financial
incentives to retire them and purchase new ZEC taxis.

 

The then Mayor asked TfL to undertake a further consultation on these
revised proposals between June and August 2015. This second consultation
did not propose any reduction in the age limit but instead proposed the
retention of the 15 year age limit, a target of 9,000 ZEC taxis by 2020
and voluntary de-licensing of older taxis with a financial assistance
package. The consultation proposals stated that progress would be kept
under review and the introduction of a reduced age limit reduction would
be considered if there was insufficient progress towards that target,
subject to further consultation. This is set out in the ULEZ Further
Licensing Proposals for Taxi and Private Hire Vehicles Consultation
Report’
([1]https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/environ...).

 

In 2018 when it became clear that we were not on target to achieve 9,000
ZEC taxis by 2020 we considered a range of options to reduce taxi
emissions, including reducing the age limit to 12 years for Euro 3, 4 and
5 taxis.

 

At what meeting was this first minuted.

 

Limiting the age limit of taxis to 12 years was first considered, amongst
other options, at an internal Ultra Low Emission Vehicle Taxi & Private
Hire Coordination Group in May 2018.

 

Who suggested it

 

The proposal was developed by TfL’s City Planning team.

 

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to
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Yours sincerely

 

Eva Hextall

FOI Case Officer

 

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

 

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