Valid con­cerns over taxi pol­icy

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

The taxi trade has been at the fore­front of en­cour­ag­ing the use of more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly ve­hi­cles. It was us who got the MBC to li­cense al­ter­na­tives to the highly pol­lut­ing, over­priced and over­rated Lon­don Taxi. That is why there is now a va­ri­ety of ve­hi­cles Maid­stone’s taxi ranks which are 25% less pol­lut­ing in terms of CO2 than the TX4.

How­ever the pro­pos­als now put for­ward in­volve ret­ro­spec­tively chang­ing the age re­quire­ments which means even fairly young ve­hi­cles hav­ing to be re­placed in a lit­tle over two years. There will be a choice of one ve­hi­cle for us to buy at that point, the new Lon­don Taxi. Given the out­ra­geous cost, the limited 70 mile range, (as­sum­ing you don’t use the ac­cel­er­a­tor and the bat­ter­ies don’t de­te­ri­o­rate over time) of this ve­hi­cle and non ex­is­tent charg­ing in­fra­struc­ture we are un­der­stand­ably con­cerned this may not be a com­mer­cially vi­able op­tion for us. Many driv­ers may not be able to in­stall a charg­ing point at their ad­dress due to lo­cal con­di­tions or Land­lord re­fusal. What then?

These pro­pos­als are a step in the right di­rec­tion but we need a choice of ve­hi­cle and sub­stan­tially im­proved tech­nol­ogy and range be­fore we can make this step.

We all have an in­ter­est in im­prov­ing air qual­ity and low­er­ing pol­lu­tion. Af­ter all who breathes in more pol­luted air than us?

Neil Cox Co Chair Maid­stone Taxi As­so­ci­a­tion

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