Lib Dems call for Cambridge taxis to turn electric

Cambridge Lib Dems are offering a 5-year licence fee ‘holiday’ for newly registered private hire taxis powered by electricity. Worth over £1,000 per vehicle to operators, they see this as an additional incentive to switch to the increasing range of electric cars now on the market.

They are also proposing a City Council-led investment providing 5 or more of the new generation of “Rapid Charging Points”, enabling vehicles to recharge within 30 minutes.

“Air Quality is huge concern for Cambridge,” says Lib Dem Environment spokesperson Cllr Markus Gehring. “Council monitoring shows that in the area within the inner ring road our air contains levels of nitrogen dioxide which are not compliant with the EU limits or UK objectives. Public Health evidence links this to avoidable illness and early death.

“And apart from reducing pollution, a move to electric cars will also make an important contribution to Cambridge becoming a carbon neutral city.”

“The Council under the Lib Dems originally pioneered the provision of public charging points which are now in use. By complementing these with several of the new Rapid Charging points, we will enable drivers to recharge during a working day and increase their range.”

Private Hire taxis are generally in service for 9 years and new investment decisions therefore come up over time. The Lib Dems’ offer will be for first-time electric vehicle licences within the next 5 years on which the new application fee currently at £225, together the 4 following years’ fees of £200pa, will be waived. This bonus of £1,000 will be on top of the government’s current incentive of up to £5,000 to all purchasers of new electric cars.

The LibDem plan, which forms part of their budget to go before the City Council on 25th February, also sets aside £150,000 to provide Rapid Charging Points, to which they are hoping to add government grants, as well as commercial sponsorship and funding from other partners. They aim to extend their incentives to Hackney Cabs once more large wheelchair-friendly electric vehicles enter the market.

Contact: Cllr Markus Gehring – [email protected] – 07789 850287




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