Eco-friendly initiatives hail greener era for taxis
A range of eco-friendly initiatives by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council are helping to drive change with the aim of reducing pollution and improving air quality.
Last month (April), a new taxi fee structure was introduced, meaning that ultra low emission hackney carriage vehicles get a free licence.
An updated licensing scheme includes the removal of rules over the type of vehicle you can drive, giving more choice about the makes and models of vehicles.
The scheme also introduces an upper age limit for licenced carriage vehicles in order to reduce pollution caused by older vehicles operating mainly within the town centre. The policy now allows vehicles with smaller, more efficient engines, including hybrid and electric vehicles, to be licensed.
The borough council is also working to promote anti-idling messages to drivers of taxis and private hire vehicles.
New signage is being introduced at the taxi rank at Basingstoke Railway Station encouraging drivers to switch off their engines while they wait and drivers are being given anti-idling car stickers to display in their vehicles.
Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services and the Environment Cllr Hayley Eachus said: “Everyone needs to do their bit when it comes to keeping our air clean.
“We hope that these measures will make it easier for drivers of taxis and private hire vehicles to make good choices about the cars that they are driving and about how they are driving them.”
For more information about the council’s Clean Air Basingstoke and Deane campaign, or to learn more about idling and how you can help reduce air pollution, visit www.basingstoke.gov.uk/clean-air.