Bristol City Council is to offer subsidies of around £3000 to taxi drivers who switch to an electric or ultra-low emission vehicle (ULEV).
The hope is that up to 100 Hackney Carriage owners will make the switch, with the aim of improving air quality in the city.
The incentives being offered to taxi drivers have been made possible thanks to a successful funding bid of £449,500 from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
The scheme is estimated to result in a 20% reduction of emissions across the cities taxi fleets, which will have an immediate impact on the city’s air quality.
Councillor Martin Fodor of the Bristol Green Party said of the incentive: ”It will be good for us to support this. We would need to then provide electric vehicle charging points.
”A good place for them would be maybe some of the taxi driver ranks, and that is something that I think the council could provide.”
The incentives will be offered to drivers across a five-year period, which will help cover a number of fees that are required to operate a taxi in Bristol.
The package on offer to drivers will offer subsidies to cover the costs of:
- Certificate of conformity fee (£50 per year)
- Licencing fees (£187 per year)
- A permit to operate at Temple Meads Railway Station (£490 per year)
In September 2017, Bristol City Council published its annual Air Quality Status Report. The report found that the main causes of air pollution in the city were Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) – mainly caused from road traffic and diesel engines – and particulate matter, which is caused from vehicle exhausts, braking and tyres.
For more information on the scheme, contact Bristol City Council’s licencing team on 0117 357 4900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.