Lancashire council encourages greener taxis with new licenses

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HYNDBURN Council in Lancashire is set to encourage taxi drivers take up hybrid or electric vehicles with new longer licenses.

The new policy is a part of the Council’s pledge to make the Council’s activities net-zero carbon by 2030.

The Council declared a climate emergency last year and all areas of the Council were asked to look at ways of reducing their carbon footprint.

Council Leader Miles Parkinson commented on the announcement:  “We are happy to back this move towards greener vehicles.

“As a Council we’ve already committed to making the Council’s activities net-zero carbon by 2030 and achieving 100 per cent clean energy across the full range of functions by 2030, and this is a positive step towards our goal.”

Following this, a taxi liaison group, made up of licensing officers, elected members and members of the hackney carriage and private hire trade, agreed that a proposition should be put to Cabinet which would allow greener hybrid and electric cars to be given a licence which would last six months, rather than four months, the current norm.

The new policy also means that the cars only need to be presented for test twice a year, instead of three times.

Cllr Parkinson continued: ”We thank the Taxi Trade for their help with the Borough’s commitment to tackle climate change.

“We hope that this will incentivise applicants to purchase a cleaner Hybrid or electric vehicle as the proposals will save them money, help to reduce carbon emissions in the Borough.”