Greater Manchester Minimum Licensing Standards

Taxis and private hire services are a crucial part of our transport network. They provide an important service, particularly for those without access to a car, and people who don’t live or work near other parts of the public transport network.

We want to see taxi and private hire services in Greater Manchester deliver a safer, high-quality experience for everyone, every time, using vehicles that meet high environmental standards.

That’s why Greater Manchester’s 10 local councils, supported by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), have worked to develop a proposed set of common, minimum standards for services licensed in Greater Manchester.

We ran a public consultation on our proposals between Thursday 8 October and Thursday 3 December 2020. We’re now reviewing feedback before confirming the agreed standards and the timelines for implementation.

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Clean Air Plan

Greater Manchester’s Clean Air Plan proposals aim to tackle roadside air pollution and bring nitrogen dioxide (NO2) emissions within legal limits as soon as possible.

The Plan includes the introduction of a Clean Air Zone from 2022, inside which the most polluting commercial vehicles, including non-compliant taxis and private hire vehicles, would pay a daily charge to travel on local roads. Under the proposals, funding would be available to help affected drivers and operators upgrade to compliant vehicles which wouldn’t be subject to the daily charge.

A public consultation on these proposals took place between Thursday 8 October and Thursday 3 December 2020.

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Taxi and private hire electric charging points

We’re expanding the publicly owned Be.EV charging point network in Greater Manchester to help people make the switch to electric vehicles. Our plans include 30 new charging points for use only by taxi and private hire drivers.

We’ve identified more than 100 possible sites for these charging points and we’re gathering feedback on the proposals from taxi and private hire drivers and operators before choosing the locations.