Sheffield Taxi Drivers are calling on Sheffield City Council to allow traditional black cab drivers to drive cheaper sedan-style cars.
A the petition has been launched ask the council to “act immediately” with a consultation to introduce a fleet of “mixed” taxis in the region. Concerns over the future cost of electric taxis and the impending introduction of the Sheffield Clean Air Zone (CAZ) prompted the calls.
A trade spokesperson, Ibrar Hussain, created the petition and said: âRight now we have around 640 licensed transport vehicles in Sheffield, and the trend is down, new electric vehicles are too expensive to buy.
âAs the council is set to introduce the Clean Air Zone (CAZ) in Sheffield from September 2022.
âWe, the licensed drivers, call on the council to urgently initiate the consultation on the Hackney Carriage vehicle specification policy. We need this review immediately as the CAZ policy is approved by the executive cabinet on October 26, 2021 and we are thinking of including the mixed vehicle fleet as a serious consideration, for example the leeds model.
âWe are calling on every member of Sheffield City Council, the Licensing Board and the Executive Cabinet to take immediate action.
âIn addition, the licensing department should act immediately with this consultation with Hackney Carriage licensed vehicle owners as stakeholders. “