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Common sense on cabs

Proposals, including forcing private-hire cars to provide booking confirmation details to passengers at least five minutes before pick up, have been dropped by Transport for London.

The proposals were aimed at modernising the regulation of private hire vehicles in light of the success of apps like Uber, but many of them were roundly condemned as ill-judged and met with fierce consumer resistance. London First was a leading voice in the debate, appearing in newspapers from the Financial Times to The Daily Telegraph.

TfL has now pledged to press ahead with the less controversial aspects of the package and to think again about options to manage the rising numbers of private hire vehicles in the capital.

This could include removing the congestions charge exemptions for private hire vehicles. (For further details click here)

David Leam, infrastructure director at London First, responded to the announcement in the FT, saying:

“TfL’s decision to dump various bad ideas is a victory for common sense and we are pleased that it has come out in support of technological advances.

“The principle of using pricing to manage congestion is more attractive than a crude cap on cabs, but we’d like to see this applied in a more sophisticated way than simply removing the congestion charge exemption for some vehicles.”

Contact: David Leam, dleam@londonfirst.co.uk

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