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TfL carried out 226 taxi and PHV Heathrow enforcement deployments over last year says Mayor of London

Updated: Jan 7

Transport for London (TfL) has carried out 226 taxi and private hire vehicle (PHV) enforcement deployments at Heathrow over the last 12 months, confirms Mayor of London.

Mayor Sadiq Khan recently provided the update on the enforcement activities conducted by Transport for London (TfL) around Heathrow Airport, highlighting the ongoing efforts to tackle illegal activities in the taxi and private hire (TPH) sector.

The Mayor’s statement was in response to a query raised by London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon regarding the number of officers dedicated to TPH compliance at Heathrow.

Mayor Khan emphasised that enforcement at Heathrow is intelligence-led, with TfL’s Operations Officers maintaining a regular presence not only at the airport terminals and forecourts but also in the surrounding local roads. This approach is part of a collaborative effort involving TfL, the police, and Heathrow Airport officials, aimed at deterring and detecting TPH-related issues.

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, said: “Enforcement activity is intelligence-led, and Transport for London’s (TfL’s) Operations Officers have a regular presence at Heathrow Airport, the terminal forecourt and Feeder Park, as well as on the local roads around the airport. TfL works collaboratively with the Police and Heathrow Airport officials to deter and detect TPH-related issues in and around the airport. 

“In the last 12 months, TfL has completed 226 deployments at Heathrow.

“Heathrow remains a high priority for TfL and it continues to focus on the issue of illegal activity there. TfL’s Operations Officers in the Roads and Vehicles function are continually deployed at Heathrow working on Operation Departure, a plain clothes/non-uniformed operation in collaboration with the Police focused on detecting illegal touts as they exit departures within the airport terminals. The usual prosecution for a touting offence is also coupled with an offence of no insurance. 

“In addition to deployments at the terminals, TfL also conducts regular proactive high visibility patrols around the Heathrow roadways stopping private hire vehicles for compliance check as they travel to or from the terminals. These compliance checks include requiring evidence of a booking if passengers are on board.”


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