New taxis to be run on bat­ter­ies

Diesel mod­els will be de­com­mis­sioned

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Amita Joshi amita.joshi@trin­i­tymir­

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

air qual­ity”

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.

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