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LTPH Notice 09/11: Mayor’s Air Quality Strategy

24/10/2011

Taxi and Private Hire Age Limit – Consultation on Exemptions

Click here to read full notice and tables on the TfL website.

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In December 2010 the Mayor’s Air Quality Strategy was published which contained a wide range of initiatives aimed at reducing harmful emissions in London. The actions outlined in the strategy included initiatives focused on reducing harmful emissions from licensed taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs).

You can find a full copy of the Mayor’s Air Quality Strategy (MAQS) on the GLA website at: london.gov.uk/publication/mayors-air-quality-strategy.

The air quality initiatives for taxis and private hire vehicles included the following age limits and Euro standard requirements:

From 1 January 2012 a 10 year rolling age limit will be introduced for private hire vehicles and a 15 year rolling age limit for taxis unless exempted

From 1 April 2012, unless exempted, all new, or new to licensing, PHVs must, as a minimum, meet Euro 4 standards for emissions and be no older than 5 years and all new, or new to licensing, taxis must, as a minimum, meet Euro 5 standards for emissions

Age-Based Limit and Emissions Standards: Exemptions

A consultation on a limited number of exemptions from the age-based limits and related emissions standards has been conducted and following a full review of the responses to the consultation we are now able to confirm what exemptions will be allowed.

The table in Appendix A shows the full list of exemptions and the conditions that must be met before an exemption will be approved.

Click here to read full notice and tables on the TfL website.

These can be split into the following categories:

Alternative fuel conversions (taxis and PHVs)

Historic and classic/niche vehicles (taxis and PHVs)

PHVs used for specialist needs transport

PHVs covered by the Low Emission Zone (LEZ)

Wheelchair accessible PHVs

In addition to the above other exemptions will be considered by TPH on a case by case basis under its general discretion to grant exemptions to vehicles from normal licensing requirements. These include the following:

Disabled drivers (taxis and PHVs): where substantial adaptations have been made to accommodate their needs

Specialist adaptations to PHVs: e.g. adaptations required to vehicles used for music touring or other specialist uses

All exemptions must be approved by Transport for London (TfL). More information about the conditions that must be met before an exemption will be approved is available in Appendix B and further details will be published on the TfL website at: tfl.gov.uk/tph.

The taxi and PHV initiatives contained in the MAQS have been implemented by making the appropriate changes to the taxi Conditions of Fitness (COF) and the prescribed requirements for PHVs. An updated copy of the COF and Private Hire Vehicles (London PHV Licences) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 will be published on the TfL website at: tfl.gov.uk/tph.

Vehicle Age

The age of a taxi or PHV will normally be taken as the date on which the vehicle was first registered with the DVLA under the Vehicle Excise Registration Act 1994, although in exceptional circumstances an alternative date may be permitted.

New Applications and Renewals

The consultation proposed that applications and inspections for re-licensing or to renew a vehicle licence would need to take place within 3 months of the licence expiring. This has now been extended to 24 months as set out below.

A gap of up to 24 months between a licence expiring and the new licence commencing will be allowed in exceptional circumstances and where the delay was due to circumstances outside the vehicle owner’s control, otherwise the licence application will be treated as a ‘new‘ application rather than a ‘renewal’ application.

Taxi and PHV licences issued by other licensing authorities will not be taken into account when considering whether a vehicle can be licensed and any application to license a vehicle that has been previously licensed outside Greater London will be treated as a new application by TfL.

Contact Us

If you want to apply for an exemption, have any questions about the exemptions from the age-based limits and emissions standards, or are uncertain as to whether your vehicle is eligible for an exemption then please contact us by:

Post:

Vehicle Age Limit Exemptions

TfL – Taxi and Private Hire Office Palestra 4th floor (Yellow zone) 197 Blackfriars Road London SE1 8NJ

Email: TPH.Enquiries@tfl.gov.uk

Telephone: 0845 602 7000

Fax: 020 3054 3160

Helen Chapman, Deputy Director, Taxi and Private Hire

Click here to read full notice and tables on the TfL website.

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