Did you as drivers, hackney carriage or private hire - fill in the Southampton City Council questionnaire or submit your thoughts and ideas on clean air in the twelve week consultation time frame? (if not why not?)
To meet the objectives of the council, buses, coaches, HGVs, taxis and private hire vehicles, that do not meet the engine emission standards of Euro 6 diesel or Euro 4 petrol will be charged to enter Southampton. That is £100 per day for buses, coaches and HGVs and £12.50 for taxis and PHVs.
We are diligently working with SCC and other groups to stop these charges and to allow alternative fuels such as Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) Hydrogen/Petrol and Shell's product called Gas To Liquid (GTL) We want these accepted by the council, the same as hybrid/electric or full electric vehicles which are accepted at the moment.
We would encourage you as sole traders to familiarise yourself with Southampton City Council's proposals and the effect it would have on your business.
I am not going to comment on what is happening in London, we should at the moment concern ourselves with Southampton.
This council has been directed to deliver to the Secretary of State their Air Quality Plan and it must be implemented by the end of 2019. Defra (Department of Farming and Rural Affairs) who are in charge of air quality are considering after a consultation period, introducing a centralised database to enable the identification of all taxis and PHVs operating in England and Wales regardless of where they have been licensed.
Ian Hall - Chairman
Bigger ships and more passengers will soon be welcomed at the Port of Southampton thanks to a £12million upgrade, part of the city's £1billion 5 year investment programme. In addition to catering for the growing demand for cruise ships to dock here in Southampton, the programme will also enable the city to become the proud home to the very first British LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) powered vessel.
The 180,000 ton ship, which has been named Iona, will feature 4 swimming pools, 17 restaurants and will be able to accommodate up to 5200 guests. The use of LNG as opposed to diesel makes the vessel more environmentally friendly than previous cruise ships and marks a positive move towards less polluting vessels.
The Southampton Hackney and Private Hire Association support the use of this alternative fuel in our city and look forward to seeing the continual growth and development of our city port which is northern Europe's leading cruise port.
You can read more about this news here.
Southampton City Council Highway Department are keeping us in the picture with regards to urgent electricity works (Oil filled HV cable is leaking) taking place on Western Esplanade which began Tuesday night and are expected to last around 3 weeks. The works are to take place 24 hours a day. The Highway Department have forwarded the following information about the way these works will affect traffic in this area:
- All 3 lanes (including slip road) heading West will be closed from 20 metres prior to the signals
- Westbound traffic will be moved on to the opposite side of the road around the traffic island and then filtered back on to the correct side of the road – This will allow vehicles to make the left turn on to Western Esplanade towards National Express or continue straight on the A3024 towards Millbrook (the left turn has been tracked and has been confirmed that it is feasible for buses and HGV’s)
- Currently the Eastbound and Westbound traffic runs at the same but during this period the signals will be separated in to 2 phases due to the Westbound traffic being on the wrong side of the road.
The Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Task and Finish report published last month sets out the Task and Finish Group's recommendations on taxi and private hire licensing. The report highlights the disarray that the taxi and private industry finds itself in, in particular caused by the 2015 Clause 11 Deregulation Act Private Hire Vehicle Sub-Contracting.
The SHPHA would ideally like to see Clause 11 repealed completely. However, we understand that this process if ever enacted would take far too long to implement.
We feel The Law Commissions report on the two tier system of hackney carriage and private hire vehicles which took some considerable years to produce, but was put to one side when finalised, should have been adhered to.
We shall have to wait and see what will happen in regards to the Task and Finish Report?!
To see the full Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Task and Finish report follow this link.
The Southampton Hackney and Private Hire Association would like to share the following message from Balfour Beatty Living Places working in partnership with Southampton City Council with our members regarding a drone aerial survey of The Quays roof between 10th October and 12th October:
As part of our role to maintain Southampton City Council highways and structures we are carrying out a drone survey and scan of the roof of The Quays Swimming and Diving complex on 10 October and on 11 & 12 October subject to requirement.
We wanted to make you aware in the event that you get reports of the drone flying in the area. The drone will only be looking down at the roof of The Quays. It will require to make several passes and closer inspections of specific aspects of the building’s roof structure. The people carrying out the inspections are trained and the pilot of the drone has the appropriate licence, permits and insurance to carry out the drone flight in this location.
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