Updated: Jun 19
Conservative London mayoral Susan Hall is ‘disheartened’ by the falling number of London cabbies and believes the current Mayor of London ‘does not provide adequate support’ to the industry.
The comments came from Susan Hall who has been a London Assembly member since 2017. Hall AM has challenged the current Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, on a wide range of topics, including issues impacting the taxi industry.
Her passion for change in the capital has seen Hall AM put her name forwards to become the next Conservative candidate to take on Khan in the London Mayoral elections.
As part of a longer ‘Questions and Answers’ session, TaxiPoint asked why she thought the number of qualified taxi drivers were falling week on week and what can be done to rectify it.
Susan Hall AM told TaxiPoint: “I am so disheartened that taxi drivers are leaving the profession weekly, especially after all the hard work and dedication that goes into becoming a taxi driver, learning the knowledge is no small achievement and takes hours of dedication.
“The reasoning behind Black Cabbies leaving could be down to many factors, the ever increasing costs of buying/leasing cabs, the dreadful change to road layouts that are causing congestion on our roads, but the most important I believe is because the current Mayor of London does not provide adequate support.
“London would not be the same without our iconic Black Cabs and if we do not fight for them we will lose them.
“When I am Mayor of London I will listen to concerns raised by taxi drivers and ensure that there is a forum to look into complaints and try to find solutions.”