Zero Emission Capable Deadlines

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-03-22
Session date: 
March 22, 2017
Reference: 
2017/1722
Question By: 
David Kurten
Organisation: 
UKIP
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Why is there a discrepancy which produces a competitive advantage for PHVs that all new taxis licensed from 2018 must be zero emission capable, but the same does not apply to PHVs until 2023?

Answer

Answer for Zero Emission Capable Deadlines

Answer for Zero Emission Capable Deadlines

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I believe these deadlines are well balanced when taking into account vehicle requirements and the contribution each fleet makes to London’s air quality problems.

 

Taxis are unfortunately a high contributor to pollution in central London. As they are exempt from the Ultra Low Emission Zone, it is vital to focus efforts on delivering the greenest taxi fleet as soon as possible. This includes achieving our critical target of 9,000 zero emission capable taxis in the fleet by 2020.

 

Our approach has enabled us to make the case to prioritise support for the taxi trade, including securing a national £7,500 plug-in taxi grant and installing dedicated charging infrastructure this year.

 

Private Hire Vehicles (PHVs) will of course need to play their part. This includes complying with the Ultra Low Emission Zone and adhering to stricter licensing requirements, as follows:

 

- From 2018, all vehicles licensed for the first time as PHVs must be Euro 6, unless petrol hybrid when the minimum standard is Euro 4.

 

- From 2020, new vehicles (those up to 18 months old) licensed for the first time as a PHV must be zero emission capable. Used vehicles (those over 18 months old) licensed for the first time as a PHV must be Euro 6.

 

- From 2023, all vehicles licensed for the first time as PHVs must be zero emission capable.

 

The combination of a 15 year maximum age limit for taxis and a 10 year maximum age limit for PHVs will see both fleets becoming entirely zero emission capable by 2033 at the latest.