Decision details

AMENDMENT TO COMPLIANCE DATE FOR HACKNEY CARRIAGE AND PRIVATE HIRE VEHICLE AGE AND EMISSION STANDARDS

Decision Maker: Corporate Director Place

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

The Council’s current hackney carriage and private hire vehicle licensing policy was adopted on the 22 November 2023 and gave delegated authority to the Corporate Director of Place, in consultation with the Executive Member for Communities and Safety, to bring the implementation date for vehicle age and emission standards (for existing licensed vehicles) forward from 1 April 2026 should it be deemed appropriate in support of the Clean Air agenda.

Decision:

That the following amendments to the compliance date for vehicle age and emissions standards, be approved in order to ensure that Trafford licensed vehicles meet the minimum emissions standards:

 

Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicle Age Standard

 

   Private Hire Vehicles (PHV) – must be less than 10 years old

   PHV Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles – must be less than 15 years old

   Purpose built Hackney Carriage Vehicles – must be less 15 years old

   To remove the exceptional condition (age) test.

 

That the standard be implemented for new to licence vehicles from the 1 December 2023 and that the existing fleet be compliant with the policy standard by 31 December 2025, which will mean that from the 1 January 2025 a vehicle licence will not be renewed if the vehicle does not meet this standard.

 

Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicle Emission Standard

 

To require licensed vehicles to be compliant with the current Euro emissions standard - (Petrol Euro 4 - vehicles registered from 1 January 2006) and (Diesel Euro 6 - vehicles registered from September 2015):

 

   For new to licence vehicles from the 1 January 2022; and for the existing fleet vehicles are compliant with the policy standard by 31 December 2025*, which will mean that from the 1 January 2025 a vehicle licence will not be renewed if the vehicle does not meet this standard.

 

    *vehicle must also be compliant with the age policy.

Reasons for the decision:

At its meeting on the 20 December 2023 the GM Air Quality Administration Committee recommended that each GM Authority puts appropriate arrangements in place to facilitate a transitional start date for the implementation of emission standards by the 1 January 2025 with the end transition date being the 31 December 2025.

Alternative options considered:

No alternative options considered.

Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:

None.

Publication date: 21/02/2024

Date of decision: 12/02/2024