As part of the Transport for London (TfL) Social Needs Transport Review, it was recognised that there is a need for greater integration, and better financial and governance arrangements between all door-to-door services available to older and disabled Londoners. In light of this review, TfL and London Councils are conducting Early Market Engagement (EME) to determine the appetite and capability of the suitable supply market in combining and delivering both TfL's Dial a Ride (DaR) Taxi/PHV requirement and the London Taxicard scheme together.
Administered by London Councils (LC), the London Taxicard Scheme (Taxicard) is a transport service for older and disabled people, who experience barriers to travelling on accessible public transport services.
DaR is a transport service for older and disabled people who also experience public transport barriers. The majority of DaR journeys are provided through an in-house fleet of accessible minibuses and specially trained drivers. However, to enable DaR to maximise the productivity of its in-house resources, a third party Taxi and PHV consolidator service has been utilised to provide ad-hoc/emergency cover in support of DaR day to day operations.
In the most recent full year, DaR and Taxicard services together provided approximately c.1.35 million taxi and private hire journeys per year of which 15 % are required to be covered by wheelchair accessible vehicles.
TfL and LC will be hosting a Supplier Day on 20/03/2017 from 14:00 — 16:30 at its premises in Central London for those suppliers that express an interest in tendering for this requirement.
Further information about registering your interest in tendering for this requirement is available here.