New car tax zone could be the ‘end for black cabs’ and leave drivers with only £4 per trip

New car tax zone could be the ‘end for black cabs’ and leave drivers with only £4 per trip

01/08/2022

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The clean air zone will come into effect from May 30 2022, despite backlash from black cab drivers in the city. The car tax zone is being launched to reduce emissions in the area, with similar schemes having been launched last year in Bath, Birmingham and Portsmouth.

While non-compliant private vehicles are not charged under the CAZ, taxis and private hire vehicles which have a Euro 5 or older diesel engine or Euro 3 or older petrol engine will need to pay a fee.

The daily charge is £7.50 from May 30 2022, although there is a temporary exemption for most Greater Manchester-licensed vehicles until June 1 2023.

The zone is being enforced by automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras and now the first signs have been spotted on some of the region’s roads.

Many taxi drivers are unhappy, however, as they fear the changes will drive the industry into the ground, with some having already left their jobs.

Nazar Shaw, a black cab driver from Stockport said he only makes around £4 on average each trip.

He said: “If I have to pay the £7.50 a day, it’s over £200 a month. If you calculate it yearly, it’s almost £3,000. They bring in the law, but we don’t have alternative options.

“I’ve talked to other colleagues and they say they will leave their jobs and find alternatives.

“I have my pension but what will the young people do?

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“I think it’s the beginning of the end for black cabs.

“New electric cabs cost £70k. They only do a certain amount of miles with one charge. It’s worrying.

“The Government is giving grants out for electric cars but you have to pay interest.

“I know about four people who have left to get jobs at factories.

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