Phased changes are being proposed which will affect licensed private hire vehicles and hackney carriages.

This approach is to ensure these vehicles meet the same emission standards required for the Ultra Low Emission Zone.

A consultation launched on 19 June and will run for 6 weeks until the 30th of July.

Councillor Steven McCormick, Chair of the Licensing and Planning Policy Committee, said “The council’s climate change action plan is of vital importance. Climate change is not a standalone single issue for the council or the borough – it runs through a broad range of activities and behaviours.

“Bringing emission standards for hackney carriages and private hire vehicles in Epsom & Ewell in line with those set by the ULEZ in London is a small but important step to improve air quality and reduce in emissions in our borough, which will contribute towards making Epsom & Ewell a safer and greener place for people who live, work and visit here.”

This consultation is for licensed taxis and hackney carriages only, not private vehicles.