Having read the proposed policy changes on the SKDC website I wish to express my concerns that the taxi business appears to be being singled out in respect of the above [no taxi to be older than seven years] of which I and other licence holders were totally unaware of.
At present a Hackney plate is only granted when the vehicle passes a test to gain a certificate of compliance and in doing so becomes a vehicle fit for purpose.
As to the question of emissions, vehicles (as SKDC point out) manufactured before 1994 did not have to meet Euro1 Technology so any vehicle manufactured after the date DOES.
I therefore presume that all SKDC vehicles including those of their employees, councillors and their families will have to meet these proposals as the authority must lead by example.
Will this proposal also apply to delivery vehicles, ice cream vans, charity shop vehicles, lorries, trains, buses, aeroplanes, pleasure boats, lawnmowers, in fact anything that crosses the boundaries of the Utopia of SKDC?
The taxi trade as many others is suffering badly in the current economic climate.
One only has to walk around Grantham to see the growing decline so the last thing on many taxi drivers’ minds is taking themselves into debt, to change their cars for the foreseeable future.
I personally see this proposal as unnnecessary, unwanted and I am sure will cause some licence holders a considerable financial burden and the path will lead to the Job Centre where they will be genuinely be able to say SKDC sent me.
This is the thin edge of wedge and I URGE ALL DRIVERS TO SAY NO TO ANY AGE LIMITS ON VEHICLES THAT ARE PERFECTLY ROADWORTHY AND LEGAL.
I believe that this needs referring to the European Courts for judgement.
Come on fellas, let’s make a stand.
D. M. Richards