A consultation is taking place over plans to replace Readingâ€™s Hackney Carriage taxi fleet to newer and less polluting vehicles.
At present all Hackney Carriage taxis operating in the city have to meet Euro 3 emission standards or better to receive a licence. This places a limit on the amount of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) that they emit
Since 2013, as well as including meeting Euro 3 standards, no hackney carriage can be more than 20 years old, and no vehicles are licenced for the first time if they are more than 15 years old.
The authorityâ€™s proposals aim to introduce a new age limit of 15 years for the Hackney Carriage taxi fleet.
The timetable includes:
Councillor Paul Gittings, lead for consumer services, said: “It is clear that we need to take action to address the problem of poor air quality in Reading and that transport, including Reading’s hackney carriages, needs to play a role.
“To help cab owners get better placed to plan and finance their vehicle replacements, Reading Taxi Association has requested a set of target dates indicating when any new emissions standards and new vehicle age policy might commence.
“Hopefully, by setting achievable goals and agreeing on a manageable timetable for change, we can work together with Reading Taxi Association to improve the areaâ€™s air quality.”
Last week the European Commission unveiled proposals to commit to a low-emission transport policy across the continent.
This announcement could pave the way for EU-wide measures on low and zero-emission vehicles and alternative low-emission fuels, according to the Commission, and is a part of wider work on decarbonisation (See airqualitynews.com story).