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Councillors back plans to limit age of cabs
8:25pm Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
A COMMITTEE has backed plans to introduce an age limit for taxis and private hire vehicles.
The city council’s general purposes licensing committee tonight backed plans to introduce rules which mean drivers will have to replace their cars after 10 or 12 years, depending on what type they drive.
Currently, new licences are not issued to anyone driving a car more than five years old, but there is currently no limit on the age of cars driven by existing licence holders.
The new plans, if approved by the council at the end of the month, will mean private hire vehicles will have to be replaced when they’re 10 years old, and black cabs will have to be replaced once they’re 12 years old.
Committee chairman Colin Cook said he felt the new plans were a compromise.
He said: “I think it strikes a balance between the need for us to achieve continual improvement in our offer but also being mindful of the financial constraints on the drivers and operators.”
The proposals will now be put to the city executive board at its meeting next Wednesday at 5pm at the Town Hall.