STEP Welcomes Dundee ECO Stars Expansion for Taxis

Dundee City Council is expanding its ECO Stars project to further improve air quality in the city.

ECOstars Taxi 1The fleet recognition scheme will now be open to taxis and private hire vehicles – a first for a local authority in Scotland. By signing up to ECO Stars, taxi and private hire operators can gain recognition for their commitment to improving efficiency, reducing fuel consumption and reducing emissions.

Environment Convener Councillor Craig Melville said: “We are delighted to be able to expand our ECO Star Fleet Recognition Scheme and build on its success in the city. Signing up to this free scheme provides tools and on-going support for operators to reduce costs and their environmental impact. Everyone benefits from cleaner air and the council is committed to doing everything it can to try to reduce air pollution”.

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Help Shape £20m Funding for Greener Taxis

TaxiIt was announced in April 2014 that the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) would make at least £20m available for an ultra low emission Taxi Scheme, as part of the £500m package to grow the market for ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) from 2015-20. The scheme is open to local authorities, and available UK wide. Funding will be provided for the required infrastructure, which it is hoped could be used by both taxis and private hire vehicles. Local authorities are also being invited to bid for funding to help offset additional costs of purpose-built ULEV taxis.

Feedback is being sought from local authorities, taxi and private hire companies on the preliminary guidance documents for the scheme (view the full document here). OLEV is now inviting expressions of interest for attending Taxi Scheme workshops, to be sent to olev.enquiries@Olev.gsi.gov.uk by 17th December. Places in the workshop will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and may be limited to one per organisation. For more information, visit the main OLEV website here.