Fife councillors welcome first electric taxi

Councillors Bob Young and Tom Adams, from the councils regulation and licensing committee, with Neil and John Aitchison, of Aitch Taxis, and the company's first electric taxi.
Councillors Bob Young and Tom Adams, from the councils regulation and licensing committee, with Neil and John Aitchison, of Aitch Taxis, and the company's first electric taxi.

Councillors have welcomed the first electric taxi to Fife’s roads – and have hailed the success of Fife Council’s ECO Stars scheme.

Aitch Taxis, one of the scheme’s members, has become the first company in Fife to start using an electric car as a private hire vehicle.

Councillor Bob Young, chairman of the regulation and licensing committee, said: “The ECO Stars scheme encourages operators to run their vehicles in the most efficient way, which reduces carbon emissions as well as their own running costs.

“Cleaner air is good for everyone and 22 operators – running 111 vehicles – have joined the scheme so far, showing they’re committed to reducing air pollution in Fife.

“I’d like to congratulate Aitch Taxis for putting us on the road to a cleaner environment and hope others will follow their lead. Electric vehicles don’t emit any pollutants while they’re in use so they can play an important role in tackling climate change and improving local air quality.”

Cllr Young added Fife had an excellent network of chargers that anyone can use if they were considering switching to an electric car.

There are 19 charging points for electric vehicles, including three rapid chargers. These are available for the public to use at long stay car parks in town centres and at public transport interchanges such as railway stations.

The three rapid chargers can be found at Petheram Bridge car park, St Andrews; Bankhead Central (visitors car park), Glenrothes; and Halbeath Park and Ride.