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DEFRA consult on taxi air quality register

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DEFRA consult on taxi air quality register 10th October 2018

DEFRA has launched a consultation on the creation of a taxi and private hire register to help manage them entering or moving within a Clean Air Zone.

DEFRA said: “Central to the introduction of a Clean Air Zone is consistency in the type of vehicles that will be allowed to enter without being charged. The types of vehicles charged should be sufficient to enable the local authority to meet their legal obligations, whilst also seeking to minimise the impact these plans have on individuals and businesses.   

“To ensure a consistent approach to vehicles which frequently operate within the Clean Air Zone, taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs) will be treated on an equivalent basis. All classes of charging Clean Air Zone will cover taxis and private hire vehicles. Private cars will only be covered by a class D charging zone.”

This consultation  closes on 2nd November and seeks views on: 

The creation of a centralised database to enable the identification of all taxis and PHVs operating in England and Wales, regardless of where they have been licensed, for the enforcement and operation of charging Clean Air Zones   

The approach to mandating licensing authorities to share this data through the use of powers under the Environment Act 1995.

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