Taxis and private hire vehicles

Our proposed policy on emission standards for taxis and private hire vehicles would mean that these vehicles would need to reach certain emission standards, which would gradually become stricter. Responses to the consultation on this policy are being considered and a final outcome will be published later in 2017.

We have reduced the emissions of 65 of Birmingham’s Hackney carriages (black cabs) by fitting LPG (liquefied petroleum gas)fuelled engines. These engines are Euro 6 compliant, meaning they will be not be charged to enter a Clean Air Zone.

We have recently been awarded funding from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) to introduce 197 electric taxi charging points, all of which will offer fast or rapid charging facilities for Hackney carriages and private hire vehicles. Electric vehicles will be exempt from charges in a Clean Air Zone.