Memorandum by London Taxi Board (IT 41)
INTEGRATED TRANSPORT WHITE PAPERSELECT
The London Taxi Board welcomes the Government's
Integrated Transport White paper and is delighted that for the
first time the London taxi industry has been recognised as an
important part of a successful integrated transport system.
We very much applaud the sentiment in the White
paper that local authorities, in our case the soon to be formed
Greater London Authority, must consider the needs of taxis when
developing their transport plans. We are also pleased that our
services will be fully considered when initiatives to reallocate
road space through the introduction of priority lanes and road
pricing are introduced.
It is also reassuring to see taxi ranks mentioned.
The taxi trade must retain its ability to rank at other transport
providers such as stations to ensure that a fully wheelchair accessible
integrated transport network is available.
It has taken a long time for taxis to be included
in transport policy in this way and we urge the select committee
to reiterate the above points and ensure that measures are not
introduced that exclude us from carrying or picking up passengers
on the grounds of cost or access.
The public transport service we provide reduces
private car use and enables members of the public to travel in
areas that other forms of public transport cannot serve and at
times when they are not available. Taxis are also a vital service
for groups such as the disabled and wheelchair bound passengers
who do not have full access to bus, train or underground provision.
The London Taxi Board will continue to work
with Ministers, officials and politicians to ensure the taxi trade's
vital role in the transport network is fully considered and promoted
and would be delighted to provide any further evidence to the
Committee should this be deemed useful.
Geoff Trotter OBE
24 September 1998