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Taxis and private hire vehicles

On 10 April 2019 Birmingham’s Licensing and Public Protection Committee approved a series of new policies to regulate the maximum age of vehicles that it will license after 1 January 2020 to prepare for the introduction of the Clean Air Zone (CAZ).

The downloadable copy letter provides important information on Birmingham’s policy for licensing taxis and private hire vehicles.

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 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.

Read more about what to do next and support packages which may be available to drivers and vehicles licensed by Birmingham City Council.

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