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We received 102 responses to the consultation. There was general support for creating a central database for identifying taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs) entering or moving within a charging Clean Air Zone.
Subject to debate in Parliament, from 1 May 2019, all licensing authorities in England and Wales will have to provide information on the taxis and PHVs they’ve licensed to a central database. The first charging Clean Air Zone is due to go live from early 2020.
We want to know what you think about our plans to identify taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs) entering or moving within a Clean Air Zone (CAZ). We’re proposing to create a centralised database which identifies all taxis and PHVs operating in England and Wales. This will help local authorities enforce charging Clean Air Zones even if the taxi or PHV has been licensed in a different area.
It will also help identify exempted vehicles which meet the required standard for their vehicle.
CAZ defines an area where targeted action needs to be taken to reduce roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations. These have persistently breached statutory levels and action is required in the shortest possible time.