Taxi drivers

New driving law could leave Canterbury taxi drivers ‘out of work’ without electric vehicles

Abe Housein, 58, has been a taxi driver in Canterbury for 24 years but may have to give up if a proposed ban materializes later this year. Canterbury City Council is phasing out petrol and diesel vehicles as it strives to have only electric taxis by 2030.

From August, the authority will refuse to issue a license to any taxi that does not meet the latest emission standards – Euro 6.

The rules, which are expected to come into effect in August, will affect all Euro 5 vehicles, which are mainly petrol and diesel cabs registered before 2015, and will pump out more toxic fumes.

Mr Housein described the changes as “too scary to think about” and feared the costs of replacing his car would be too high.

Replacing his eight-seater Fiat Scudo – which is Euro 5 and was registered in 2014 – with a suitable electric equivalent would cost him between £30,000 and £100,000.

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“The cable doesn’t even reach a guy’s car charging station. It has its own thread but you are not allowed to link them together.

“You’d think you’d go out and check that out.”

A spokesman for Canterbury City Council said the authority was already considering whether the timetable for changes needed to be changed.

They told Kent Online: ‘Tackling climate change and reducing pollution to improve air quality in the district are key priorities for the council, and it’s really important to require taxi drivers to they do their part as quickly as possible.

“We listened carefully to the taxi industry when introducing this policy and promised to keep it under constant review, as it depended on the establishment of charging points and the progress of electric vehicles at the time. where it needed to be implemented, specifically how far they could travel on a single charge.

“We are already considering whether the schedule needs to be changed in light of all of these factors. If licensees have a clear vision of a schedule they can meet, we’d love to hear from them. This is a problem that is not going away, so we need to work together to tackle it head on.”

Express.co.uk has contacted Canterbury City Council for comment.