December 10, 2014
Private hire taxi firm, Streamline Taxis, is the first company in York to introduce low emission electric and hybrid taxis to its fleet.
Government Grant Scheme
Streamline Taxis bosses made the decision to trade in their old diesel cars after the City of York Council launched the Low Emission Taxi Incentive which offers taxi companies grants of up to £3,000 towards new and used “green” cars.
Mark Wilson, owner of Streamline Taxis, commented: “We recognise the need to take responsibility for the impact our business has on the environment and our aim is to replace all our company vehicles with either hybrid or electric technology to reduce our emissions output and help improve the air quality in York. These vehicles are also much quieter than diesels so reduce noise pollution as well.
“We’re grateful for the support from City of York Council and both Toyota and Nissan in helping us achieve our aims.”
Benefits to All
After adding ten new hybrid vehicles and one electric taxi to the fleet, Streamline Taxis are already reaping the rewards from making the switch and are encouraging other companies to do so too. Benefits include a significant reduction in air and noise pollution and huge savings on fuel and tax bills.
With the help of the government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund, £67,000 has been invested into the initiative over the past two years. To date there is over 30 hybrid taxis on the streets of York.
Drivers need not worry about where they can charge the vehicles as five rapid chargers have been installed in and around the city allowing drivers a full charge in just 20 minutes.
Councillor Dave Merrett, Environmental Services, said: “The scheme aims to improve air quality through building confidence in the taxi trade about the reliability, low running costs and customer benefits of hybrid and electric vehicles. This is proving to be popular with taxi companies and there are now 34 hybrid or electric taxis in York.”