We have a legal duty to improve air quality throughout the district, particularly in areas of high pollution such as the city and town centres.
Taxi and private hire vehicles have a high impact on air quality due to the mileage they cover and their concentrations in busy urban areas.
Emissions produced by taxi and private hire vehicles not only have an impact on the health of local people but also on the health of the drivers themselves, who may be exposed to poor air quality for between eight and 12 hours a day.
Additionally, we have declared a climate change emergency and are aiming to achieve carbon emissions of zero by 2030.
To help reach this target, we want to work towards removing carbon from the taxi and private hire fleet by 2030. The draft policy promotes the use of electric and hybrid vehicles, via a phased transition period, with fixed target dates and other measures and benefits being introduced to encourage licence holders to use cleaner vehicles and to help them update their future business plans.
We want to hear what you think and whether you feel our plan is realistic, and what other challenges there might be. Please complete our questionnaire by Thursday 30 April 2020.
The results of the consultation will be published on our website and reported back to councillors in summer 2020 before the final Taxi and Private Hire Policy is adopted to take effect from 1 August 2020.
As part of the consultation, we will be holding three events for licence holders, businesses and interested parties to discuss the consultation with council officers:
- Thursday 2 April, 11am to 1pm: The King's Hall, Beacon Hill, Herne Bay, CT6 6BA
- Monday 6 April, 11am to 1pm: The Guildhall, St Peter's Place, Canterbury, CT1 2DB
- Tuesday 7 April, 11am to 1pm: The Robinson Room, Whitstable Castle, Tower Hill, Whitstable, CT5 2BW