The London Taxicard scheme offers subsidised transport for people who have serious mobility impairment and difficulty in using public transport. Taxicard holders make journeys in licensed London taxis and private hire vehicles, and the subsidy applies directly to each trip.
To qualify you must have a long term or permanent disability or illness, which prevents you from using or significantly limits your use of public transport. The scheme is not available to people who have a temporary disability (eg. a broken leg).
The Taxicard may be used for a variety of journey types e.g. shopping, visiting friends or doctors’ appointments.
However, the service must not be used for hospital appointments; this is a responsibility of the NHS.
The Taxicard can be used any time, 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year, subject to taxi availability and trip limits.
Each Taxicard holder will be allocated a number of trips for the year on the 1 April. You may be eligible for 104, 52 or 26 trips per year. There is no restriction on the frequency of trips taken but the Taxicard holder is responsible for budgeting their yearly allocation. Unused trips cannot be carried over to the next financial year.
The scheme is managed by London Councils and is jointly funded by Ealing Council and Transport for London.
More information on the London Taxicard scheme can be found on the London Councils website