TAXI drivers in Malvern are being encouraged to go green with licence fees for electric cars being dropped.

The plans, which were approved by Malvern Hills District Council’s Executive Committee on January 18, will see a waiver scheme implemented for the application fees to licence a vehicle as a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle where the vehicle is fully electric.

The current cost of an annual vehicle licence fee is £285 for Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence and Private hire vehicle licence.

The proposal aims to provide an incentive for licence holders to transition towards fully electric vehicles from those fuelled by petrol or diesel.

The waiver is set to start when the council’s fees and charges for 2022/23 take effect in April 2022 and it would then be reviewed on an annually.

One of the key headings in the Destination Zero report is Low carbon travel. One of the actions identified in the plan is to engage with taxi drivers locally to encourage and support them to switch to low emission vehicles.

The council’s Destination Zero report explains how they will contribute to reducing carbon emissions from their own operations. It also sets out how they will use their leadership role to help individuals, businesses and communities play their part in reducing the district’s overall carbon emissions.

Cllr Tom Wells, portfolio holder for community services at Malvern Hills District Council, said: “This licence fee change will hopefully work as an incentive to encourage taxi drivers to think about their carbon footprint and to go fully electric.

"It is part of the council’s vision to go carbon neutral as quickly as possible, but by 2050 at the latest”.

Objections to the licencing fee change can be made within 28 days and if any are received during this period, they will be considered at a future Executive Committee meeting.

Visit to contact the licencing team at Worcestershire Regulatory Services.