Taxis: Exhaust Emissions

18 Nov 2014
Ms Diane Abbott MP

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what comparative assessment he has made of the proportion of taxis in London and the UK that are zero emission capable; and if he will make a statement.

Mr Robert Goodwill MP answered on: 25 November 2014

We are not aware of any zero emission capable, purpose built taxis in use in London or the rest of the UK. However, a number of zero emission capable, purpose built taxis are planned from a range of manufacturers, and are due for release 2015 onwards. In addition, a small number of zero emission hydrogen taxis were used during the London Olympics. Many private hire vehicle companies across the UK already use zero emission capable vehicles – which are typically hybrid or electric cars, used for commercial purposes.

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