A FUMING taxi driver has claimed he is being bought by FORCED Local Council for a £75,000 eco-taxi… but it will put him in a quandary.
Abe Housein, 58, from Canterbury, Kent, said the council’s move to punish “polluting” cabbage growers was “too scary to think about”.
The father of three, who has been a taxi driver for 24 years, has never received benefits and cannot believe he is now facing impending unemployment.
I said Kent online: “I don’t have tens of thousands of dollars floating around to buy an electric taxi that doesn’t even do the job I want.
“I could drive a smaller car but it wouldn’t benefit my job because I would lose my school and family.
“It would put me in a predicament.”
The new regulations to be implemented in August will affect all Euro 5 vehicles, mainly petrol and diesel vehicles registered before 2015.
This is part of a plan to reduce the number of diesel and gasoline vehicles in the city to bring the entire fleet of electric or hybrid vehicles by 2025.
Council is then plotting to push 100% of taxis to be electric by 2030 – forcing hundreds of Canterbury cabs off the road.
To replace his eight-seat Fiat Scudo – which is Euro 5 standard and registered in 2014 – Abe will have to shell out a whopping £30,000 to £100,000.
Distressed Abe says the move is a slap in the face to motorists who can earn anything from £30 to more than £100 a day.
Forced to look for a new car, Abe took a test drive with a model that retails for £73,500.
But it can’t even cover the 200 miles he does a day on a single charge.
What’s more – the taxi driver says the council doesn’t even have enough charging points to go along with the “ridiculous” changes they’re asking for taxi drivers.
“They put a toll booth at the front of the taxi rating,” he explains.
“The power cord doesn’t even reach one guy’s car charging point. He has his own wires but you’re not allowed to link them together.
“You’d think you’d go out and check this out.”
Cabbies says the target date is “absurd” and should be delayed until more charging points are installed.
They also want the vehicles to become more affordable and practical for taxi operations before any changes are made.
Council was unable to provide exact figures on the number of taxis that may be affected by the changes this summer.
A spokesperson for Canterbury City Council told The Sun Online: “Tackling climate change and cutting pollution to improve air quality around the county are top priorities for council and the It’s really important to ask taxi drivers to do their job as quickly as possible.”
“We listened carefully to the taxi industry when we came up with this policy and promised to continue to review it as it depends on the toll collection points located in place and the level of development of advanced electric vehicles. advance at the time it’s made, especially given how far they can travel on a single charge.
“We are looking at whether the timetable needs to be revised based on all these factors.
“If license holders have a clear view of the timetable they can implement, we would love to hear from them.
“This is a problem that won’t go away so we need to work together to solve it.”
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8468689/canterbury-council-eco-friendly-cab-ill-end-up-on-dole/ I’m being pressured by the council… they want me to buy a £75,000 eco-friendly taxi but I’ll have to accept it in the end