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Minister says no plan to extend the eligibility criteria for the plug-in taxi grant


Two electric black taxis in London
Image credit: Mark Twyman

Minister says there are no plans to extend the eligibility criteria for the plug-in taxi grant.


In a significant boost to the taxi industry and environmental efforts, the Department for Transport (DfT) last week confirmed the extension of the Plug-in Taxi Grant until 5 April 2025.

Guy Opperman, Minister for the DfT, stated that the eligibility criteria would remain unchanged. The extension of the grant for another year aims to bolster the taxi industry's shift towards more sustainable practices. The continuation of the grant ensures that cab drivers can claim a £6,000 subsidy for each electric vehicle, facilitating the move to zero-emission taxis.


Since its inception in 2017, the Plug-in Taxi Grant has been pivotal in the push for greener urban transportation, with over £50 million allocated to support the acquisition of more than 9,000 electric cabs across the UK. This initiative has not only contributed to reducing the environmental impact of the nation's taxi fleets but also supported skilled jobs within the British car manufacturing sector.

Recently Andrew Rosindell, the Conservative MP from Romford, asked the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to extend the eligibility criteria for the plug-in taxi grant.


Guy Opperman responded: “Following recent representations, the Department has extended the plug-in taxi grant for a further year to support the taxi industry. There are no plans to change the criteria.”

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