London Mayor Sadiq Khan is on course for a taxi industry grilling at the upcoming Mayors Question Time held at City Hall.
A range of questions around the topics of taxi manufacturers, cross-boarder hiring, zero emission taxis and the ongoing dispute involving the lack of future access on Tottenham Court Road is to be discussed.
David Kurten, UKIP Assembly Member, will put forward no less than 13 questions to the mayor which will include:
It has been reported that there are 200 taxis at Heathrow struggling to get charged every day on about 10-20 charging points, and many of these do not work, despite the fact that Heathrow Airport has an Air Quality problem. Why have you allowed a situation to develop which makes life difficult for drivers of ZEC taxis who want to help improve air quality?
How do you expect that 9,000 taxi drivers will purchase ZEC taxis in the three years from January 2018 to December 2020, when the normal turnover of new taxis in just 1,400 per year?
Please can you tell me if a London Licenced Taxi Driver can accept pre-booked Radio, Phone or App jobs from an out of London operator in a TFL registered Taxi when physically located in an area outside of London, such as Bishops Stortford or Aylesbury?
The Jacobs Report stated that: "Virtually all taxi drivers are self-employed and would therefore have to bear the cost of a new vehicle themselves while at the same time seeing the value of their present taxi diminishing. With a new zero emission vehicle costing approximately £40,000, and a high proportion of drivers over the age of 50, there is a risk, even with mitigation, of an exit of drivers and vehicles from the market.
Other questions from Assembly Members Susan Hall, Keith Prince and Leonie Cooper respectively include:
The Mayors Question Time is scheduled for Monday 25 February at City Hall.