When the London Assembly Transport Committee asked Steve McNamara, the General Secretary of the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association (LTDA) about the impact of 20mph speed limits on LTDA members, he responded by saying “In a word – devastating”.

Steve McNamara was part of an expert panel which included Helen Chapman, Director of Licensing, Regulation and Charging, TfL, Christina Calderato, Director of Transport Strategy and Policy, TfL, Mariusz Zabrocki, General Manager, Free Now, Steve Wright, Chair, Licensed Private Hire Car Association; and Asher Moses, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Sherbet The Electric Taxi Company.

Issues for Consideration during the session included: The Committee examining the role of taxis and PHV in London’s transport network, and TfL’s strategy for the sector in future. The impact of environmental standards for Taxi and PHV, both in terms of emissions and financial costs for drivers, and whether there are sufficient charging points to meet demand. As well as The workforce challenges affecting taxi and PHV drivers and to review the impacts of licensing requirements.

The Members of the Committee included, Keith Prince AM (Chairman), Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM (Deputy Chair), Elly Baker AM, Siân Berry AM, Andrew Boff AM, Unmesh Desai AM, Neil Garratt AM, Joanne McCartney AM, Sem Moema AM and Nick Rogers AM.


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