New taxis to be run on batteries
Diesel models will be decommissioned
NEW taxis licensed from 2018 onwards will be required to run on an electric battery instead of diesel.
The move is part of a Transport for London (TfL) plan to create the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in London by 2020.
London Mayor and Uxbridge and South Ruislip MP Boris Johnson will invest £65million in helping taxi drivers achieve the target.
Cabbies renewing their licences will be allowed to keep diesel models until they are decommissioned, but offered money for trading them in as early as possible.
Boris said: “The ULEZ is the most ambitious measure of its kind in the world and we need everyone on board for it to be a success.”
The ambitious plans for ULEZ have been laid down to tackle the problem of air quality in London in what TfL describe as ‘an effective and sustainable way’.
TfL’s chief operating officer for surface transport Garrett Emmerson said: “It is clear we need to take significant action to address the problem of poor air quality in
We need to
take significant action to address the problem of poor
London and that transport will need to play a central role.
“The measures we are setting out will encourage owners of taxis and minicabs to take action now, and sets a course towards cleaner taxi and private hire trades and a cleaner London.”
The overall package is projected to nearly halve emissions of oxides of nitrogen from vehicle exhausts in central London, meeting the annual target by 2020.
Rules announced for mini cab drivers have said that older private car hires must be capable of running without emissions by 2023.
Those licensed from January 1, 2018 must have Euro 6 engines or hybrids which contain a battery recharged by a petrol engine.