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Taxi and PHV national database for low emission zones starts 1st May

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The legislation that requires licensing authorities to submit certain taxi and private hire vehicle licensing information to a central database came into force on 1 May 2019.

Further to my previous article on The Air Quality (Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles Database) (England and licence; Wales) Regulations 2019, it has now been confirmed by Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs • Whether the vehicle is a taxi or PHV; (DEFRA) that the regulations came into force on 1 May • Name of the licensing authority; 2019. • Licence plate number; and These regulations make it • An indication of whether it is a wheelchair Read the a requirement for accessible vehicle. latest LEGAL licensing authorities in England and Wales to taxi news Whilst the regulations have already come into force, upload information about here on DEFRA has indicated that it does not expect to go live vehicles licensed by them until January 2020 to coincide with the start of the first TaxiPoint to a central data base. charging Clean Air Zones in Leeds and Birmingham. The information on this DEFRA is yet to provide further guidance. database will be used by councils to implement and enforce ultra-low and clean air zones. The requirement is that the information will be uploaded on a weekly basis and includes the following information about licensed taxis and private hire vehicles: •

Vehicle Registration Mark;

Start and expiry date of the vehicle

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