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London Assembly Member Speaks Out on London Cabs - an opportunity missed?

Commenting on the recent TfL figures on black cab age limit exemptions, Jenny Jones AM said "....we'd already have cleaner air if the Mayor had given LPG a chance..."

Information obtained from TfL by Jenny Jones AM reveals that 146 black cabs have been granted an exemption from the 15 year age limit on taxis. The exemptions were granted for the following reasons:

  • 12 vehicles granted exemption due to alternative fuel conversions
  • 1 vehicle granted exemption due to it being adapted for use by a disabled driver
  • 3 vehicles granted exemption due to their status as a historic/classic/niche vehicle3
  • 6 vehicles granted a year exemption due to exceptional circumstances
  • 94 vehicles granted a temporary exemption until 14 March 2013 due to exceptional circumstances

Jenny Jones commented:

"I have consistently pushed for the Mayor to work with black cab drivers to consider other options than a simple age limit ban. The level of emissions is not simply about age, but can also depend on how clean you keep your engine. We'd already have cleaner air if the Mayor had given LPG a chance, or not abandoned the hybrid electric device for when vehicles were idling.

The Mayor's often-repeated promise of a million pound fund to help cabbies move towards cleaner vehicles has never materialised. Meanwhile cabbies experience some of the highest levels of air pollution in London and all the negative health impacts this brings."