Medium to long-term emission standard and age policy for hackney carriage and private hire vehicles
Our proposals for a new vehicle age and emissions policy were due to have been considered by the Licensing and Public Protection Committee on Wednesday 13 March 2019. However, the report has been deferred until the next meeting of the committee on 10 April 2019.
It was withdrawn following representations made to the council by the RMT trade union and its threatened protest action in the city centre.
The RMT has asked for the policy to be amended. In particular, they have asked the council to consider moving the proposed last date for new diesel vehicles to be licensed from 2021 to 2026. They have also asked for certain exemptions from the daily charge for non-compliant vehicles to enter the Clean Air Zone and would like the council to offer taxi drivers additional mitigation that is planned for people that live inside the Clean Air Zone who are on low incomes.
Very similar concerns were raised by other taxi and private hire trade representatives.
The council will be talking to all trade representatives in the coming days to consider whether it can respond to their requests.