Tackling pollution in London is a public health priority. To combat poor air quality, innovative and bold measures are being taken to ensure the health and wellbeing of all road users. Historically, the taxi trade has had a limited choice of diesel vehicles to use. This has led to the fleet becoming a significant contributor to poor air quality, particularly in central London, where they contribute 16% of all transport Nitrous Oxide (NOx) in central London.

The Mayor's Taxi and Private Hire Action Plan, published in 2016, sets out how we intend to establish the world's greenest taxi fleet.

Our plans aren't just limited to taxi vehicles, take a look at how we are transforming London's private hire fleet.

Detailed information on licensing requirements for taxi/minicab drivers and operators is in the Taxi and private hire pages.

Zero Emission Capable (ZEC) taxis

On 1 January 2018, we introduced licensing requirements to reduce emissions from the taxi fleet by phasing out diesel taxis and increasing the number of ZEC vehicles in London. The maximum 15 year age limit remains in place.

New licensing requirements from 1 January 2018

  • Since 1 January 2018, taxis presented for licensing for the first time have needed to be ZEC. This means having CO2 emissions of no more than 50g/km and a minimum 30 mile zero emission range
  • First-time taxi vehicle licences are no longer granted to diesel taxis. ZEC taxis with petrol engines need to meet the latest emissions standard (currently Euro 6)

How we are helping you to get a ZEC vehicle

We are helping to fund a Government-led Plug-in Taxi Grant, which will give taxi drivers up to £7,500 off the price of a new ZEC taxi.

How to charge your ZEC vehicle at home

You can charge your ZEC vehicle at home overnight. Find out more about the government grants available to you to install charging infrastructure for your ZEC vehicle.

If you do not have off-street parking, your local authority may be able to install charge points near you. Information on charging points will be included in our weekly email to all licensees. An updated list of rapid charge points will also be available online. Additionally, follow @TfLTPH on Twitter for up-to-date information.

How to charge your ZEC vehicle when you're working

You can charge your ZEC vehicle at public charging points. Read more about electric vehicles and rapid charging in London.

We're working to deliver 300 new rapid charge points by the end of 2020. We will install 150 by the end of 2018, a significant number of which will be dedicated for taxi use only. To locate rapid charge points near you, visit the National Charge Point Registry website, or visit the Zap Map, on which you can filter for "taxi-only" charging points and you can see whether a particular charging point is currently available or occupied.

Q-Parks

If you have a ZEC taxi you can get free access to the rapid charge points in 10 Q-Park car parks. You can stay for up to an hour to charge your vehicle. To apply for an access card, email RCPaccess@tfl.gov.uk

Check on the Zap Map which rapid charging bays are available and which are occupied to make sure you can get access when you need it.

How we are helping you get a ZEC taxi

As part of the Mayor's commitment to double spending on air quality over the next five years, we have allocated an additional £23 million for a taxi delicensing scheme.

The scheme offers owners of the oldest, most polluting taxis a payment of up to £5,000 to remove their vehicle from London's taxi fleet and to help make the switch to ZEC vehicles sooner than planned.

The Mayor has also called on Government for a national vehicle scrappage fund to complement this scheme and to help taxi drivers scrap their vehicles entirely. Read the full scrappage fund proposal.

Can I apply for the scheme?

To apply for the taxi delicensing scheme, you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • You must own a TfL licensed taxi that is 10 years or older but less than 15 years of age
  • You will need to be listed as the registered keeper of the licensed taxi in the V5 log book and registered on TfL's records
  • You must not be in the process of selling the taxi
  • Your taxi must be licensed, in a roadworthy state and have a current MOT

How to apply

Check whether your vehicle is eligible and apply for the scheme by visiting the taxi delicensing checker.

Delicensing payments

If you want to delicense your taxi, you may be eligible for a payment of up to £5,000 for the early surrender of your London taxi licence plate and vehicle licence.

The amount you may receive will be in line with the age of the vehicle:

Age of vehicle Payment amount
10 years or older  £5,000
11 years or older  £3,800
12 years or older  £2,800
13 years or older  £1,900
14 years or older  £1,200
15 years or older  Not eligible