The Transport for London (TfL) Board recently agreed to the freezing of all taxi and private hire licence fees with driver licensing fees being frozen for a second year running. The Board also approved two changes to taxi and private hire fees and these will come into effect today (4 April 2011).
Taxi and Private Hire licence fees are reviewed annually and all funds generated are used to cover licensing and administrative costs. The taxi and private hire driver, operator and vehicle licence fees remain frozen at 2010/11 levels, however, there will be increases in both the Knowledge of London appearance and written test fees respectively.
These changes continue to reflect the cost of administering the Knowledge of London examination process including the back office administration activity, managing the written test and the knowledge appearances themselves.
The current and revised Knowledge of London fees are provided below:
Knowledge appearance – taxi driver applicants £250
Knowledge written test – taxi driver applicants £100
John Mason, TfL’s Director of Taxi and Private Hire, said: “We have taken into account the difficult economic conditions drivers are facing and, combined with the back office cost savings we are striving to make, have been able to freeze the majority of fees this year.
“The increases to the Knowledge of London fees reflect the cost of administering this process and therefore not passing these costs on to other licensees.”
1. Transport for London’s Taxi and Private Hire is responsible for licensing and regulating London’s taxi and private hire services
2. Taxi fares and licence fees are reviewed annually.
3. The proposed fees with effect from 4 April 2011 are detailed below
Taxi Vehicle Application Fee £101
Licence Fee £53
Taxi Driver Application Fee £50
Licence Fee £199
Knowledge of London Appearance Fee £200
Written Test Fee £100
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