It appears CAL and The LTDA propose to scrap the turning circle and saddle us with a Taxi capable of a daily range of just 40 miles.
Again, someone from outside the licensed Taxi trade is calling for measures that will greatly affect us financially. CAL has clear a agenda against the use of fossil fuel, but seem to have little knowledge of the technology they propose the Mayor should inflict on Taxi drivers.
Below is a blog post published by Clean Air for London. In the post, point no1 and no2 state:
Require electric or plug-in petrol electric hybrids with a minimum daily range of 40 miles for all newly licensed taxis and PHVs by no later than 1 January 2018.
to widely introduce conversion to LPG. There is also no mention of Sweden's clean deisel, or Nissans new engine which runs on a mixture of clean diesel and LPG returning reductions of CO2, NO2, NOx and Particle Matter by 83%.
When Jenny Jones said the GALTransport Committee was in favour of dropping the turning circle from the conditions of fitness, Steve McNamara was at pains to point out the attributes of the continued inclusion of this requirement.
So what happened to make him do a complete Uturn?
CAL BLOG POS:
The ‘Eight point transformation package’ needed from the Mayor of London:
The ‘Eight point transformation package’ is an a la carte menu from which the Mayor can pick and choose. The LTDA and CAL have agreed this list as a ‘total package’.
Steve Mcnamara, General Secretary of the Licenced Taxi Drivers Association, said:
“London taxi drivers want to be able to purchase and drive, clean modern taxis. With the right incentives and by working with the trade Boris has the opportunity to ensure that London is the first city in the world to have a taxi fleet comprised exclusively of Zero Emission Capable vehicles.”
Simon Birkett, Founder and Director of Clean Air in London, said:
“After nearly seven years as Mayor, Boris Johnson can no longer blame others for the state of the taxi industry and the 30% of particle emissions he estimates it produces in central London.
“Few people outside the taxi industry realise that the Mayor’s strict Public Carriage Office requirements determine which vehicle(s) a taxi driver can buy and/or drive to do his or her job. Today, this means drivers must buy one of two large, relatively unaffordable diesel vehicles to compete against Private Hire Vehicles purchased at a fraction of that cost. The Mayor should turn an onerous obligation into a mechanism for transformation.
“Clean Air in London and the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association are therefore inviting the Mayor the deliver an ‘Eight point transformation package’ for the benefit of current and future generations of Londoners. The package would:
“We urge the Mayor to accept this package and put it in place before he leaves office. Candidates in the 2016 Mayor election must commit to keep and build on it.
“The ‘Eight point transformation package’ is deliverable, financially realistic and good for customers, taxi and PHV drivers and public health.”