The Mayor of London and Transport for London are set to make a final decision on cutting the taxi age limit from 15 to 12 years this summer. Taxi drivers are keen to know the outcome soon as there would be serious financial implications for a 12 year age limit on the drivers’ financial circumstances.
At Mayor’s question time, Sadiq Khan told London Assembly Member Keith Prince that he and Transport for London are still considering responses to the consultation and that they expect to make a decision sometime in the summer.
Drivers that leave their engine running while parked could face tougher penalties under new proposals. Vehicle idling is a major factor in poor air quality and the Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, is looking at increasing fines for idlers outside schools particularly.
Councils already have the power to fine drivers but the Government are desperate to put a stop to unnecessary air pollution. Poor air quality is the biggest environmental risk to public health in the UK and children are vulnerable to a wide range of health problems due to pollution.
1.2 million drivers posted their applications to DVLA last year and they missed out on saving. Over the past 3 years, there has been a 10% increase in the amount of online applicants as 4 out of 5 provisional driving licence applicants are accounted for online. A provisional licence costs £43 when applying by post but only £34 online.