Councillors agree to grant licensing exception to new zero-emissions taxi firm

A licensing application has been made for a new taxi firm using a Nissan Leaf. Picture: Stewart Writ

A licensing application has been made for a new taxi firm using a Nissan Leaf. Picture: Stewart Writtle - Credit: Archant

A vision for a new taxi firm promising a zero-emissions service has moved a step closer to becoming a reality.

Leon Davies and James Phillips, who are looking to set up a firm called Zero Taxis, have been told by councillors that an exception to licence conditions could be granted for their vehicle - a Nissan Leaf electric car.

With the vehicle being electric, it does not have an engine - with the motor powered instead by a battery.

Members of Broadland District Council's licensing committee unanimously voted in favour of granting an exception for the vehicle, required due to the vehicle having a battery as opposed to an engine.

The decision means now that Zero Taxis can apply for a full private hire vehicle licence and launch their company.

A spokesman for Broadland District Council said it was a preliminary application to distinguish whether an exception would be made, ahead of the pair submitting a full application.