Proposals for a medium to long-term Emission Standard and Age Policy
In October 2017 an emissions policy for hackney carriage and private hire vehicles was approved by the Licensing and Public Protection Committee that is consistent with the introduction in 2020 of a Clean Air Zone. It requires all licensed vehicles to meet the minimum emission standards of Euro 4 for petrol engines and Euro 6 for diesel engines.
In order to achieve compliance, drivers of vehicles that do not meet the standard must change their vehicle or install an approved retrofit device (where suitable devices exist). Whilst there is a wide choice of compliant vehicles available to private hire drivers, the availability of complaint hackney carriage vehicles is far more restricted.
A report has been written which considers the medium to long-term emission standards and age policies for licensed vehicles. It sets out suggestions to deal with hackney carriage vehicles in particular and proposes that officers should consult on the suggested recommendations contained in the report. You can view the proposals below:
Our Licensing and Public Protection Committee are consulting on the proposals. The consultation will close on 16 January 2019.