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Tough green rules for South Cambridgeshire’s taxis




South Cambridgeshire’s taxis could become some of the greenest around as the district council looks to implement new rules that would force drivers to use newer and cleaner vehicles.

Abdul Muquith with the Panther Electric Taxi . Picture: Keith Heppell. (13698993)
Abdul Muquith with the Panther Electric Taxi . Picture: Keith Heppell. (13698993)

The council has published a draft new licensing policy for consultation which would, if adopted, help with the transition to an electric fleet, with new electric car charging points across the district by the end of 2019 for exclusive use by taxis.

The rules would also deny new taxi drivers a licence if their vehicle is older than four years, while current drivers would be unable to renew a licence for a petrol or diesel vehicle if it is older than seven years. Ultra-low emissions vehicles older than 12 years and zero emissions vehicles older than 15 years would also be excluded.

New conditions have also been added that would ensure all first-time vehicle applications are zero or ultra-low emission vehicles by December 2021, and all licence applications be zero or ultra-low emission by December 2028.

The public can comment on the proposals at on the council's website by September 23.



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