The Licenced Taxi Drivers Association (LTDA) has agreed to support the Clean Air in London campaign to build public understanding of air pollution.
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The LTDA has agreed to commit resources to the campaign broadly equivalent to sponsorship monies rather than paying CAL. The campaign is expected to include:
- The LTDA making reasonable efforts to build public understanding of air pollution among its members and the general public. This may include for example:
- showing its support for ‘Clean Air in London’ on LTDA taxi receipts;
- including information on LTDA receipts and other communication channels to build public understanding about air pollution;
- promoting the free CityAir and/or London Air apps, which provide smog warnings and other information and advice, and the Clean Air in Cities app which reports the health impact on populations of long-term exposure to air pollution.
- CAL writing two articles a year for ‘Taxi’ the official publication of the LTDA.
CAL and the LTDA are both concerned about the health impact of ‘invisible’ air pollution on Londoners – not least those exposed to the highest levels of air pollution on its roads – and want to see bold and early action. CAL and the LTDA share many common aims including wanting:
- more ranks for taxis;
- rapid charging at ranks and specific stands which would allow taxis to be electrically charged within 30 or 40 minutes rather than eight hours;
- more choice for taxi drivers in the vehicles they can buy;
- sound transport policies backed by the real-world testing of vehicle emissions;
- financial mechanisms to support drivers in purchasing new greener taxis e.g. structural funding and no VAT on purchases of ‘green’ taxis; and
- smog warnings to protect people and reduce traffic when air pollution is at its worst.
In recognition of the above, the LTDA is becoming CAL’s first Bronze Sponsor.