Vulnerable Londoners with severe mobility and visual impairments will be able to continue using the Taxicard scheme after London Councils intervened to defend it from funding cuts.
London Councils has secured an agreement with Transport for London (TfL) to ensure funding for the Taxicard scheme is not reduced in 2018-19.
Taxicard will continue to receive the same level of funding from TfL as it did the previous year plus any increases needed to cover taxi fare rises.
The London Taxicard scheme provides subsidised door to door journeys in licensed taxis and private hire vehicles for London residents who have serious mobility or visual impairments.
It is funded by the London boroughs and TfL and managed by London Councils on their behalf.
Cllr Julian Bell, Chair of London Councils' Transport and Environment Committee, said:
“We are delighted that we have secured this commitment on behalf of London’s Taxicard users and our member boroughs.
“TfL’s proposal to cut their funding contribution to the Taxicard scheme would have had a significant impact on the level of subsidy offered, limiting people’s ability to travel in and around the capital.
“Now we know that TfL’s Taxicard’s budget will be maintained in 2018-19, we can focus on ensuring the scheme works in the best possible way for users and our member boroughs.”
Notes to Editors:
Cllr Julian Bell wrote to Val Shawcross CBE, Deputy Mayor for Transport, on 4 December 2017, to raise concerns about proposed funding cuts to various schemes, including Taxicard.
For more information on Taxicard, visit https://www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/services/taxicard.