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Review and Update of Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicle Policy in Regards to the Electric Taxi Vehicle Policy

Members are recommended to consider and agree to extending the current implementation dates for taxis required to be zero and ultra- low emission vehicles.

Decision type: Non-key - Low

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 28/08/2019

Decision due: 30 Sep 2019 by Licensing Committee

Department: Licensing

Contact: Wangari Njiiri, Environmental Health and Licensing Support Team Leader Email: Wangari.Njiiri@cambridge.gov.uk.

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Background Information: In 2015 the City Council set a policy direction for pursuing a low emission strategy for Buses and Taxis within Cambridge over a period of 10 years. The 2015-25 Air Quality Action Plan includes a strategy to reduce polluting emissions to improve poor air quality in Cambridge City and to develop taxi licensing policies to transform the vehicle fleet into a low emission fleet which will lead to a reduction in emissions and improvement in air quality. Current policy details; (iii) from 1 April 2020 all new licenced saloon vehicles will need to be zero or ultra-low emission vehicles. (iv) by 31 December 2028 all licensed saloon vehicles will be zero or ultra-low emission vehicles. (v) by 31 December 2028 all wheelchair accessible vehicles will be zero or ultra-low emission as and when the market allows (this is subject to review in 2026). Trade have requested the implementation dates be reconsidered due to current market, and availability of vehicles that meet required criteria

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