Between May and July Derby City Council consulted on the age of the city’s taxis following concerns, from the public and that of senior police officers over their condition. Since then the Council has been working on putting together a new ‘Taxi & Private Hire Vehicle Strategy 2020’.
Councillor Mick Barker, Cabinet Member for Governance and Licensing said,
“We have asked officers to put together a taxi (and private hire) strategy that is far more cohesive and looks at all of the challenges faced by the trade and the city.
It goes without saying that the average age of our vehicles is too old and the challenge around improving the cities air quality standards play directly into this.
It will be no surprise that the strategy will recommend new maximum age limits and tougher emissions standards. However, we are also looking at supporting the trade by ensuring there are dedicated electric plug in points around the city, a ‘try before you buy ‘ scheme – that will allow drivers to loan the latest euro 6, electric and even hydrogen cars.
We have been approached by number of manufacturers that are very supportive of our plans as well as an international booking app provider who would like to work with the Hackney fleet.
Driving standards plus customer service skills and disability awareness will all be addressed.
We will of course be consulting and working with the trade in due course once the proposals are finalised. This is a pivotal moment for the taxi trade and we intend work with them for the good of the city whilst supporting them where we can”.
The Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Strategy 2020 (‘the strategy’) will be going to Full Council in December.
We have been successful in attracting funding from Department for Transport (Office of Low Emissions)(OLEV) that would fund the charging points and ‘try before you buy’ scheme.