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Taxi Emissions

Taxi Incentive Scheme (York)

Approximately 25% of the York Taxi Fleet are now Low Emission Vehicles (electric or petrol hybrid) [April 2021]

Taxi and private hire vehicles are an essential form of transport in the York area. Many people depend on such vehicles for trips when other forms of transport are unsuitable or unavailable. These persons include the vulnerable and some schoolchildren who are likely to be more susceptible to poor air quality and respiratory illnesses.

We have encouraged 25% (figure correct as of April 2021) of the taxi fleet to change to low emission alternatives (petrol hybrid or electric vehicles); a number of these were converted through our innovative taxi incentive grant scheme. The latest DEFRA funded low emission taxi grant scheme was launched in November 2020 and offers financial support for CYC registered taxi drivers to upgrade their vehicles to low emission versions.  Further information about the grant scheme can be found on the CYC webpage.

A new taxi licensing policy is also currently being developed that will introduce conditions about the types of vehicles that will be licensed by CYC in the future, including a vehicle age limit for all petrol and diesel vehicles.