Private Hire Vehicles - Zero Emission Capable requirement

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-03-22
Session date: 
March 22, 2017
Reference: 
2017/2080
Question By: 
Caroline Russell
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

All new licensed taxis are required to be Zero Emission Capable (ZEC) from January 2018.  Why is Transport for London (TfL) not applying the same licensing requirement to all new Private Hire Vehicles (PHVs) at the same time?

Answer

Answer for Private Hire Vehicles - Zero Emission Capable requirement

Answer for Private Hire Vehicles - Zero Emission Capable requirement

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The introduction of zero emission capable (ZEC) licensing requirements for new private hire vehicles (PHVs) will be gradually introduced from 2020 to allow time for vehicles that meet the varied needs of the private hire trade to become available, while recognising the smaller contribution of the fleet to harmful emissions.

To reduce emissions in the meantime, from January 2018, new PHVs must have cleaner Euro 6 engines to be licensed. Unlike taxis, PHVs are not exempt from the Ultra Low Emission Zone and will need to meet the emission standards to travel in the zone without incurring a charge.

I am confident the combination of new licensing requirements, the ULEZ and the existing 10-year age limit will effectively reduce emissions from the private hire fleet and enable a switch to cleaner, greener vehicles.