Thirty charging points have been planned to set for electric taxis across North Staffordshire to encourage cabbies to buy more eco-friendly electric vehicles. Taxi Infrastructure Investment Fund has funded the Local authorities by more than £78,000. Now, the authorities will create ten points initially in there with our thirty points planned in total.
Currently, there are more than 2,000 licensed private hire vehicles, and over 450 Hackney carriages are operating in the three major cities of North Staffordshire including Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle and Stafford borough, but only four percent of them are on hybrid or alternative fuels.
The chairman of Stoke-on-Trent Private Hire Drivers Association, Sheraz Yaqoob believes that the drivers will struggle to meet the costs of upgrading from their current vehicles to hybrid vehicles.
He Said, “Currently, it will be a difficult thing for the majority of the drivers to move from their current vehicle because a very of them can afford that cost. There aren’t enough charging points out, what we would do when they need charging in the middle of nowhere, or on a journey. The zero-emission vehicles are costly at the moment, and it is a reality that we cannot afford that.
The Government hopes that all new taxis and vans will be effectively zero emission by 2040. Many of the community leaders have welcomed the windfall and hope that the addition of more charging points will encourage a lot of drivers to change their old diesel-guzzling vehicles.