2008 Manifesto: Getting Londoners Moving

Please see below for a sample of several of the pledges in this section of the 2008 Manifesto. For the full list of pledges, please download the complete Progress Report.

Making Trains, Buses and Stations Safer

Cracking down on illegal minicabs

"I will crack down on illegal minicabs by doubling the strength of the Cab Enforcement Unit, from 34 officers to 68."
Status Update: Delivered

Mayor Boris Johnson is a strong supporter of London’s cabbies. Since Boris became mayor, his administration has doubled the police team dedicated to tackling illegal minicabs, with 34 extra police officers in addition to the original 34 officers in 2008 (link).  Boris has also introduced tougher penalties for any licensed driver convicted of taxi touting to send out a clear message that this will not be tolerated. Since August 2008 licensed drivers convicted of taxi touting now lose their licence for a minimum of one year. Over 600 private hire licenses have been revoked (link).

Strengthening Safer Transport Teams

"I will double the strength of Safer Transport Teams, by releasing funding for approximately 440 extra PCSOs to patrol the buses and 50 more fully warranted British Transport Police officers to patrol the worst suburban stations."
Status Update: Delivered

Mayor Boris Johnson has prioritised safety on London’s public transport. An extra 440 uniformed officers have been recruited to the Safer Transport Teams (link). There are now an extra 50 Transport Police on the Overground and particularly outer London stations (link). In 2008, Boris also banned alcohol on the Tube (link). Bus crime has decreased by 30 per cent during his term in office (MOPC, Monthly Report: Police and Crime Committee, 8 March 2012. Comparing 45 months of Ken Livingstone (August 2004 – April 2008) with 45 months of Boris Johnson (May 2008 – January 2012).

Launching the Payback London scheme

"I will require under-18s who have had their free bus travel withdrawn for antisocial behaviour to earn it back through voluntary and community service."
Status Update: Delivered

Launched in August 2009, the Payback London scheme requires under-18s who have their free bus travel withdrawn to earn it back through community work (link). The scheme shows young people the importance of contributing to their city – clearing graffiti, picking up litter, and helping community schemes. 10,068 individuals have had their passes withdrawn since 2009 (link).

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