24 July 2015
Following the Government announcement (below) shortlisting Sheffield for a share of the £20 million plug-in taxi prize, Councillor Terry Fox, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport said:
“We are very pleased to have reached the shortlist of bidders for this £20 million scheme to improve emission levels from our local black taxi cabs. The Government will now fund the feasibility studies over the next nine months for each of the eight remaining local authorities to carry out a detailed study on how this could work and reduce emissions from the taxis.
“We were keen to pursue this scheme as part of our aim to reduce emission levels and improve local air quality. We are also working with local businesses and partners running the bus and commercial vehicle fleets in Sheffield to tackle the issues around emission levels in the city.”
Notes for editors: The study would have cost the Council between £30-40,000 to undertake this feasibility study. We will need to submit our formal bid based on the feasibility study in April 2016 and should hear the outcome of this selection process by July 2016. If selected, the Council will share the total amount of £20 million with the other selected authorities from the final eight.
DfT – Boost for 8 cities’ bid for share of £20 million plug-in taxi prize
Thu, 23 July 2015 | Departmental Press Release
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Eight cities today (23 July 2015) received a huge boost in their bid to win part of a £20 million fund to increase the number of plug-in taxis.
The shortlist of 8 potential winning schemes will each receive a government-backed study into providing more environmentally-friendly travel opportunities in their area.
The studies will gather vital information into how local authorities could use the money to reduce the upfront cost of purpose-built taxis and install charging infrastructure for taxi and private hire use.
The government will announce the winning schemes in April next year.
Transport Minister Andrew Jones said:
Plug-in taxis are cheaper to run, better for the environment and an example of Britain leading the way in an innovative industry. That is why government is investing £500 million in low emission vehicles over the next 5 years to make them an accessible and affordable choice for all.
These cities have shown they are commitment to adopting greener technology and the government is backing their ambition by showing the benefits a share of £20 million of funding could deliver.
Today’s announcement is the latest example of the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) helping support the government’s aim for every car and van to be zero emissions by 2050.
The 8 feasibility studies, each backed by £30,000 of government funding, will be independently carried out by the Energy Saving Trust (EST).
Philip Sellwood, Chief Executive, Energy Saving Trust, said:
We’re really looking forward to working alongside government in taking this pioneering scheme forward and witnessing the huge benefits it will bring to businesses.
Our experience in this area gives us every confidence that organisations as diverse as licensing authorities, car manufacturers, district network operators and charge-point installers can become leading players in rolling out ultra-low emission taxis and private hire vehicles right across the country.
Local authorities who are not shortlisted are still able to submit bids for a share of the £20 million fund, but will have to cover the cost of their own feasibility study.
View the interactive map of the areas involved in the bidding
The 8 shortlisted bids who will each receive a feasibility study are:
Birmingham City Council
Cambridge City Council
Coventry City Council
Dundee City Council
Nottingham City Council
Oxford City Council
Sheffield City Council
West Yorkshire Combined Authority
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