Public urged to give views on bid to reduce 'environmental impact' of taxis in Northampton

Northampton Borough Council has put plans to improve emissions from taxis and private hire cars out to public consultation

Northampton Borough Council has put plans to improve emissions from taxis and private hire cars out to public consultation

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Plans to reduce the age limit for taxis and private hire cars in Northampton have gone out to public consultation.

The move is part of a drive by Northampton Borough Council to "reduce the environmental impact" of the town's taxi and private hire cars.

The consultation will be looking at two proposals - to introduce an age limit for vehicles and to improve emission standards.

Councillor Anna King, Northampton Borough Council’s cabinet member for community engagement and safety, said: “We are committed to improving the air quality in Northampton and this proposed emissions policy is just one of the long-term plans we’re considering to tackle the issue.

"We also want to ensure that all of the taxis and private hire vehicles in town are well-maintained and reflect the high standards that we expect to see. We believe that introducing a maximum age limit on how old a vehicle can be when a new license application is submitted is a good way to help ensure those standards are met.

“We’re working closely with the local taxi and private hire businesses but are also keen to hear what local residents think of these suggestions as well. All of your feedback will be considered so I encourage anyone with a view on the matter to get in touch through one of our online surveys.”

The consultation will be open until February 16, 2017. More information is available at www.northampton.gov.uk/licensing/2271/taxi-and-private-hire-emissions-and-age-policy