Gareth Bacon AM said:
“While it is right that all taxi and private hire drivers are able to communicate effectively in English, the proposed approach of TfL has been overly prescriptive. For years London politicians from across the political spectrum have expressed concerns about these plans, which were always disproportionate, unnecessary and potentially damaging not only to the industry but also to the livelihoods of countless drivers. This is a welcome climbdown.
“While today’s announcement is a small step in the right direction, it is still the case that under this Mayor TfL is hammering the private hire industry. Sadiq Khan’s decision to increase operator fees by hundreds – and in some cases thousands - of percent has put some small companies out of business, and plans to remove the congestion charge exemption for private hire vehicles will likely have a devastating impact on the industry”.