Mayor says London regulators are “open and transparent” when asked whether taxi drivers trust Transport for London.
Assembly Member David Kurten put the question of trust to the London Mayor Sadiq Khan as part of Mayor’s Question Time at City Hall.
Kurten asked: “Do you think Taxi & Private Hire drivers trust Transport for London Taxi and Private Hire (Department)?”
Sadiq Khan said: “I cannot speak for individual drivers, but Transport for London (TfL) is open and transparent in its governance and decision making. As I am sure you are aware, TfL regularly consults and engages with drivers on a number of topics. Recently this has included the removal of the congestion charge exemption for private hire vehicles and changes to taxi age limits.
“Senior representatives from TfL, including the Commissioner, hold regular meetings with taxi and private hire trade representatives to discuss topical matters. In addition, TfL’s taxi and private hire team and enforcement team meet regularly with trade groups to discuss licensing and enforcement performance.”
In a poll conducted by TaxiPoint, 96% of drivers polled said they did not trust their regulators. 224 people were polled via Twitter.
Image: GLA Caroline Teo