A combination of new technology and new business models, offering greater choice and convenience to customers, has meant a recent, steep rise in the numbers of private hire vehicles in London. This in turn has contributed to wider challenges such as safety concerns, growing traffic congestion and worsening air quality.
In light of these developments, and in conjunction with Transport for London, we consulted Talk London members and others late last year on whether regulations for the private hire and taxi trades should also be updated. There was strong support for several measures aimed at improving passenger safety and standards in the private hire trade, and also cutting pollution. Amongst those now being rolled out are:
- More robust insurance requirements
- An English language test requirement for all private hire drivers
- The provision of driver and vehicle details (including a photo of the driver) to customers before the start of each journey
In addition to this, there are also new measures affecting London’s black cab trade; from new ‘zero emission’ ranks and an end to new licenses for diesel taxis from 2018, through to support in harnessing the latest booking technology and the opening up of extra bus lanes for their use. More here.
What do you think of these measures overall? Tell us below.