Stratford-on-Avon District Council's Licensing Team has licensed its first electric hybrid taxi vehicle as part of the District Council's commitment to climate change and the need for cleaner and greener vehicles.
The vehicle is a popular LEVC TX, over 3,000 of which are licensed in London, and will display a low emission vehicle sticker to let the public and passengers know the type of vehicle they can travel in.
As well as the Government providing a subsidy of £7,500 for electric and hybrid vehicles, the District Council will be looking to review its policy to assist taxi drivers and offer a reduced fee for those who wish to purchase an electric or hybrid vehicle.
Cllr Anne Parry, Regulatory Portfolio Holders, says: "Supporting a shift towards cleaner and greener transport is vital as part of the Climate Emergency and everyone needs to do their bit when it comes to keeping our air clean.
"It's important the District Council tries to influence the areas in which it is responsible for and encouraging local taxi operators to make their fleets more environmentally-friendly is a step in the right direction. This is a first for Stratford-on-Avon District, but I do hope that this is the first of many.
"There are obviously financial implications for the operators in the acquisition of these new vehicles, but with reduced running costs and a move towards a cleaner and greener environment I hope they can see it as a worthwhile investment for the future."
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