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The Future of London’s Black Cab Industry: Leaders set for big London Assembly showdown

Updated: Jan 23

The London Assembly Transport Committee will convene tomorrow to scrutinise the evolving dynamics of black taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs) within the capital's transport network.

Within the backdrop of a dwindling number of taxi drivers and the push towards electrification, the committee will listen to prominent figures within industry and regulation, and delve into the challenges and prospects shaping the future of London's iconic transport staples.

Helen Chapman, TfL’s Director of Licensing, Regulation and Charging, alongside Christina Calderato, Director of Transport Strategy and Policy, will provide insight from the regulatory landscape. Their contributions will be seen as crucial in understanding the transformative strategies envisioned by TfL for the sector. Steve McNamara, General Secretary of the Licensed Taxi Drivers' Association, will likely represent the voice of taxi drivers, a workforce confronting an era of significant transition.

Mariusz Zabrocki, General Manager of FREENOW, will provide insight from a taxi booking app prospective, whilst Steve Wright MBE, Chair of the Licensed Private Hire Car Association, appears at the table arguing from the PHV sector point of view.

The final person making up the panel of guests includes Asher Moses, Founder and CEO of Sherbet Taxis, to provide an environmental and electric fleet transition perspective. The committee will aim to examine the implications of environmental standards, not only in terms of emissions but also the financial burden placed on drivers and the adequacy of charging infrastructure to meet demand.

Central to the discussion will be the integration of technological advancements and environmental considerations in shaping a sustainable, efficient, and inclusive future for London's transport network.


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