Taxi and Private Hire Proposals

Taxi and private hire will remain an important mode of travel to and from the expanded airport, providing access to areas with limited public transport options.

We want to ensure that taxis and private hire vehicles can continue to fulfil this role but with greater efficiency, minimising the number of vehicle trips being made and providing benefits to drivers through reducing empty mileage.

To do this, we want to increase ‘backfilling’. This means that rather than a taxi or private hire vehicle arriving empty to pick up a passenger or leaving empty after dropping a passenger off, passengers are matched to drivers so that vehicles are full in both directions.

We will also encourage measures to promote taxi sharing, increasing the number of passengers each vehicle carries.

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