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GREEN MEANS GO OXFORD COUNCIL OFFERING TAXI DRIVERS


£5,000 GRANT TO SUPPORT TRANSITION TO EVs


Oxford City Council has announced a new £5,000 grant for its licensed HC drivers to switch to an electric vehicle. The Oxford Mail reports that the grant, funded by the Energy Superhub Oxford Project, is available for up to 17 Oxford taxi drivers as a contribution towards purchasing a new Ultra Low Emission HC. The £5,000 grant funding, combined with a contribution grant from LEVC, and the Government Plug-in Grant means that taxi drivers can save around £12,200 (22 per cent) on the cost of a new TX electric taxi costing £55,600, or an all-electric Nissan Dynamo costing £55,495. Currently there are seven electric taxis/PHVs in Oxford, five hackneys and two private hire, with numbers expected to increase with the introduction of the Zero Emission Zone Pilot, which is set for launch later this year. Under the ZEZ Pilot, the councils have agreed emissions requirements for HCs that will be implemented through the council’s licensing powers. Hackney carriage e-taxis licensed in Oxford will have to phase to zero-emission vehicles, with drivers able to get a licence in 2025 if they have a zero-emission cab. There will be a 50% discount for hybrid private hire e-taxis, and out of town licenced hackney carriage vehicles that:


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• emit less than 100 g/km CO2 if the date of first registration is before 1 September 2018


• emit less than 140 g/km CO2 if the date of first registration is on or after 1 September 2018


The different limits aim to ensure that more stringent emissions tests for newer vehicles do not lead to cleaner vehicles being penalised over older. Alongside this grant funding, the council has also made its Try Before You Buy scheme free, which previously cost £150 per week. Through this scheme, the council is supporting the first ten adopters of zero emission capable HC and PHVs that are licensed by the city council by waiving vehicle licence fees and certificate of compliance test fees incurred up to and ending on 31st March 2024. The new zero cost will allow for 100 weeks of trials to take place, on a first come first served basis, allowing for more taxi drivers to try out EVs. Drivers are encouraged to participate in a trial whilst the cost remains subsidised. To be eligible for the grant, proof of purchase is required. HC drivers who are interested in the funding, or would like to find out more should email: AirQuality@oxford.gov.uk.


£44,000 FINES IN FIRST MONTH OF BIRMINGHAM CAZ


More than 44,000 people were fined for non-payment of the Birmingham CAZ charge in the first month. According to the Birmingham Mail, just a quarter of these drivers have so far paid the fine, figures released by Birmingham City Council on July 28 show. And nearly three million vehicles were logged by cameras for June and the council is set to rake in more than £1.5 million from the daily charge once fines are paid. A significant number of the total drivers subject to a charge did not pay at the first opportunity and were given fines. The proportion of cars entering the CAZ which were highly- polluting dropped from 18 per cent to 12 per cent in the first month - which has been hailed as a success. The council is implementing a “soft enforcement” plan to the end of July, giving drivers a chance to still pay the original CAZ fee amount rather than the full £120 PCN amount. Birmingham City Council’s Head of the Clean Air Zone, Stephen Arnold said: “What we are expecting over time is for the percentage of people receiving a PCN in the first place will reduce as more and more people get used to the way this scheme works.” To check whether or not you need to pay the daily fee visit: www.brumbreathes.co.uk.


SEPTEMBER 2021


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