Greener Taxis Plan on the Road
11 February 2019 Local News
Plans to improve air quality in the area by supporting the use of “greener taxis” have received backing from the Government.
It has awarded more than £780,000 to three councils for the creation of up to 30 charge points for ultra-low emission taxis in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford.
Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Stafford Borough Council hope that the money, from the Taxi Infrastructure Investment Fund, will buy 10 rapid electric vehicle chargers for each area, resulting in an extensive network of charging infrastructure for cross boundary journeys and those between urban and rural areas.
There are currently 2,071 licensed private hire vehicles and 466 licensed Hackney carriages operating in the three areas, serving a population of 500,000 people. Only four per cent are hybrid cars or use alternative fuels. The Government wants all new cars and vans to be effectively zero emission by 2040.
Newcastle Council Leader Simon Tagg said: “I welcome this funding from the Government. Taxis provide a valuable service to the public and are on the roads day and night so this has the potential to make a massive difference to air quality and residents’ health.