Taxi & Private Hire Low Emissions Incentive Scheme

Low Emissions Taxi Incentive Scheme

We are offering cashback on licensing costs for you to replace your older, more polluting vehicle with a new or used low emission alternative.

We have recently extended this to enable more of our taxi trade to take advantage of the scheme. This is still based on a first come first served basis, so we encourage you to take advantage of it sooner rather than later.

Applicants are strongly advised to submit their application forms before purchasing the proposed vehicle. This will allow the licensing team to confirm that the new vehicle is valid for the scheme, that the applicant can fulfil all other terms and conditions and that funding is still available. The Council accepts no liability whatsoever to applicants in respect of any loss arising from the purchase of a vehicle that is found not to meet the required conditions for grant funding. If you are unsure whether your application will be successful, please contact the licensing team through the email address given below before buying the new vehicle.



Grant Offer

A - Full electric

A vehicle with an original specification of being powered only by a battery charged from the electricity grid


B - Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)

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)


C - Full Hybrid Electric

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)


D - Euro 5 or 6 petrol or Euro 6 Diesel (5-8 passengers or wheelchair accessible only)

A vehicle meeting Euro 5 or 6 European emission standard if petrol, or Euro 6 if diesel, and licensed to carry 5-8 passengers or is wheelchair accessible. Only available for replacing existing 5-8 passenger or wheelchair accessible vehicles


Key terms and conditions

  1. The current vehicle must be a Euro 3 petrol or Euro 5 diesel or older
  2. You must have been the current vehicle's proprietor for at least the previous 12 months
  3. The current vehicle has been licensed by Eastleigh Borough Council for at least the previous 12 months
  4. The current vehicle has driven at least 8,000 miles in the previous 12 months
  5. The current vehicle won't be re-licensed as a taxi or private hire vehicle
  6. The new vehicle will meet all other licensing requirements
  7. The new vehicle has not already been licensed as a taxi or private hire vehicle in Eastleigh
  8. The new vehicle will remain licensed in Eastleigh under the same plate number for three years with the same proprietorship
  9. Vehicle proprietors are limited to a maximum grant award of £15,000 each
  10. Applications will only be considered when submitted prior to the new vehicle being licensed
  11. Option D is only available if replacing a current vehicle that is licensed as a 5-8 passenger vehicle or is wheelchair accessible

The above terms are subject to change at the discretion of Eastleigh Borough Council. A full set of terms will be issued with any formal grant offer.

How to apply

  1. Application forms can be requested from the licensing team or downloaded from the link below
  2. The application forms must be sent to the licensing team via email
  3. If you're successful, you'll need to sign a conditional grant offer
  4. Once you've received the offer, replace your vehicle and then you will receive a cheque for the grant


Application form

Licensing Team