Councillors back proposals for electrical taxi and private hire scheme – Edinburgh Night News

Edinburgh City Council’s regulatory committee will talk about encouraging taxi firms to move to electrical vehicles when it satisfies in May– after councillors backed making it a more appealing option for the trade, including possibly minimizing licensing fees.City Cabs currently has a fleet of five electric lorries– with another 5 on their way quickly. Council presumptions forecast that by 2020, taxis and private hire vehicles accepting electrical innovation might conserve 1,061 tonnes of CO2 each year.” Up until 2015, taxi chauffeurs in Edinburgh were not allowed to use electrical vehicles– but the council now forecasts that by 2023, there will be 623 electrical taxis and private hire cars running in the Capital.Regulatory services manager Andrew Mitchell urged councillors to guarantee infrastructure was in place prior to requiring taxi firms to go electrical.