Taxi and Private Hire Low Emissions Scheme

Low Emission Taxi Incentive Scheme

The Southampton City Council (SCC) and Eastleigh Borough Council (EBC) Low Emission Taxi Incentive Scheme will offer cashback for replacement of a more polluting Private Hire or Hackney Carriage vehicle with a low emission alternative.

Eligible Vehicles

Euro 3 petrol and Euro 5 diesel vehicles or older that comply with the Scheme terms and conditions.

Our Offer

To receive cashback, replace your eligible vehicle with a new or used:

Option

Full Electric - A vehicle with an original specification of being powered only by a barttery charged from the electricity grid - Cashback incentive £3000

Plug in Hybrid Electric - A vehicle with an original specification of being powered by a plug-in battery and an Internal Combustion Engine (ICE). After the battery range is utilised the vehicle reverts to conventional hybrid operation (Minimum Euro 4 Petrol or Euro 6 Diesel Engine). - Cashback incentive £2000

Full Hybrid - A vehicle with an original specification of being powered by an ICE and is capable of being powered solely using a battery and electric motor. Battery cannot be plugged in, and is charged during driving. (Minimum Euro 4 Petrol or Euro 6 Diesel Engine). - Cashback incentive £1500

Euro 5 or 6 Petrol (capacity to carry 5-8 passengers or wheel chair accessible only) Recognising that there is limited availability of low emission vehicles with capacity to carry 5-8 passengers. - Cashback incentive £1500

How to Apply
1. Identify a vehicle which meets the criteria and return an application form.
2. The Councils will assess and if acceptable, you will receive a conditional grant offer. Once the conditional grant offer is received you will have three months to purchase and successfully license the new vehicle.
3. Once the new vehicle is licensed by SCC or EBC and meets the conditions of the grant, we will issue the cashback payment.
Key Terms and Conditions (Other Terms and Conditions Apply)
The replacement vehicle must be licensed for a subsequent three years by EBC or SCC.
The old vehicle must not be relicensed in EBC or SCC for a subsequent three years.
The old vehicle has been licensed by EBC or SCC and operated in the area for at least 12 months prior to applying.
The replacement vehicle must have driven at least 8,000 miles as a licensed vehicle in the 12 months prior to applying.
Limited funds available, the Scheme is operating on a first come first serve basis.
Single cashback payment on successfully licensing replacement vehicle.
More than one application may be submitted, grant award will be limited to up to £7,000 per applicant.
Southampton City Council and Eastleigh Borough Council may at its absolute discretion reject any application and will give reasons to justify that decision.
Grants will not be awarded retrospectively.