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London Councils has secured an agreement with Transport for London (TfL) to ensure funding for the Taxicard scheme is not reduced in 2018-19.
The London Assembly’s report on ‘Improving Door to Door Transport in London’ recommended that ‘TfL and London Councils should investigate why Taxicard usage is falling and why expenditure is significantly below budget.’ London Councils employed a consultant, eo consulting, to examine the reasons behind the lower trip levels in recent years. Their full report can be found here.
The Newham Door to Door Scheme (D2D) which integrated Taxicard and Dial-a-Ride into a single service has changed to operate as two separate services. Existing members of the D2D scheme will not lose access to either Taxicard or Dial-a-Ride.
Taxicard: The London Taxicard scheme offers subsidised travel in licensed taxis and private hire vehicles to London residents with serious mobility impairments or who are severely sight impaired. Members have an allocation of 144 trips a year; starting on 01 April 2015 and ending 31 March 2016.
If you use a large electric wheelchair, we'd like to remind you that in order to travel safely and within the law, it must be possible to secure your wheelchair in the taxi.
Some larger electric wheelchairs cannot be secured within the legal requirements due to their size and weight. This means that you cannot use this sort of wheelchair when travelling in taxis.
Fixed price trips are journeys carried out at a fixed price instead of being charged on the meter in licensed black taxis. Metered trips often mean the cost of the same journey can vary because of the time taken or the distance travelled to complete the trip can vary.
The benefits of a fixed price trip are: