8 October 2014

All hail the clean-air cab fleet

One of Brighton & Hove’s leading taxi firms has teamed up with the council on a scheme to cut air pollution from the city’s cabs.

The council has won £195,000 from the government to convert 30 minibus taxis operated by City Cabs into low-emission vehicles. Special equipment fitted to exhaust systems can cut harmful oxides of nitrogen - or ‘NOx’ gases - by over 80 per cent.  The aim is to fit the first taxis in November, with others to follow over the next six months.

The council says the scheme should help improve air quality, which remains poor in parts of the city.

Cllr Powell said:  “This is another good reason to choose public transport. People will be able to hire one of these vehicles knowing they’re some of the cleanest cabs around!”

Picture below shows l-r Andy Cheesman MD of City Cabs, chair of the licensing committee Cllr Stephanie Powell; cab driver Clive Nightingale, Samuel Rouse an air quality specialist from the council and lead councillor for transport Ian Davey.  Photograph by Stephen Lawrence / SNAP