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Emissions restrictions for taxis and private hire

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council has committed to tackling Climate Change and reducing pollution in the Borough, and is proposing to phase in a requirement that all private hire and hackney carriages licensed in the Borough meet or exceed the same emissions standards as set by the London Ultra-Low Emissions Zone ('ULEZ'). There are no plans for this to apply to any vehicles other than taxis or private hire vehicles licensed in the Borough.

To assist the trade with the cost of transitioning to greener vehicles it is further proposed to remove the requirement for all hackney carriages to be purpose-built taxis. It is proposed it will remain a requirement that all hackney carriages are wheelchair accessible, except for a very limited number of hackney carriages that will zero emissions (e.g., electric), to encourage the use of these vehicles until suitable zero emissions wheelchair accessible vehicles are available.

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council wants to hear what the licensed trade, residents and local organisations think about the proposals. A 6-week public consultation runs from 19 June until 30 July 2023. Details of the proposal, including the timescale for implementation, can be viewed in the Documents section below. Hard copies of the draft policy can be viewed at the Town Hall.

To give feedback on the proposed licensed vehicle emissions policy please email: or write to the Licensing Team, Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, Town Hall, The Parade, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 5BY

Additional information

The report to the Licencing and Planning Policy of 15th June 2023 provides background to the reasons why the Council is consulting on a hackney carriage and private hire emissions policy.

Read the media release issued by Epsom & Ewell Borough Council on this consultation here: News release: Consultation on Proposed Taxi and Private Hire Emissions Policy

There is also a Q&A on this emissions restrictions consultation for taxis and private hire, here: Q&A: Consultation on Proposed Taxi and Private Hire Emissions Policy.


Previous consultations

Draft Local Plan 2022 – 2040 – Public Consultation 

This consultation closed on 19 March 2023.   

You can find out more information about the consultation and view the responses received on our consultation portal. 

Following the close of the consultation on the Draft Local Plan, on 22 March 2023 an Extraordinary Council Meeting was held where a Motion was debated, with the Council agreeing to pause progress on the Local Plan. For further detail, please visit our Draft Local Plan (2022-2040) webpage.  

Taxi and Private Hire Draft Policy Consultation.

This consultation finished on 09 September 2022, thank you to everyone who took time to review the documents and complete the survey. 

Summary of the responses to the consultation is available at the bottom of this page

On Thursday 27th October 2022 the Licencing and Planning Policy Committee, having considered the consultation responses, agreed to recommend an amended policy for adoption, this is also available at the bottom of this page. 

Town Centre Master plan

This consultation ended on 31 August 2022.Image Logo Epsom Town Centre Masterplan

Thank you to everyone who responded.

We are currently analysing the responses.

Further information will be made available on our planning policy webpage

Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy Consultation

This consultation ended on 23 August 2022. Thank you to everyone who responded.

If you have any questions about this consultation please contact Annette Snell, Housing Solutions Manager – sends e-mail)

Local Government Boundary Commission for England public consultation

New boundaries were being proposed for council wards in Epsom and Ewell Borough Council.

The Local Government Boundary Commission wanted to hear what residents and local organisations thought about the proposals. A 10-week public consultation ran from 5 October until 13 December 2021. Thank you to everyone that took part in this consultation. 

The Commission has published reports on a dedicated section on its website(link is external) where people can see further details.

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