Taxis: Carbon Emissions

Department for Transport written question – answered on 1st December 2020.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to support the taxi trade in adopting zero-emission-capable taxis.

Photo of Rachel Maclean Rachel Maclean Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Department has supported the taxi and private hire vehicle sector to transition to lower emission vehicles. The Plug-In Taxi Grant offers up to £7,500 off the price of eligible purpose-built taxis, this has supported over 3,800 taxis in London, and increasing numbers in towns and cities across the UK. The Plug-In Car Grant of up to £3,000 is available for those switching to eligible vehicles that do not meet the requirements of the Plug-In Taxi Grant.

Recognising the need for continued support in this area, at the March 2020 Budget the Government announced a further £129.5 million to extend the plug-in Grants for vans, taxis and motorcycles; £403 million for the Plug-In Taxi Grant to 2022-23 and that all zero emission cars would be exempt from the Vehicle Excise Duty supplement.

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