Greener taxis and fire engines to hit UK roads

More than 1,000 buses, taxis, fire engines and ambulances across the UK are to be fitted with pollution reducing technologies. The Government announced 17 successful bidders for the £5 million […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

More than 1,000 buses, taxis, fire engines and ambulances across the UK are to be fitted with pollution reducing technologies.

The Government announced 17 successful bidders for the £5 million Clean Vehicle Technology Fund (CVTF) yesterday and allocated an extra £50,000 of funding to help local authorities monitor the results of their clean technology projects.

Reducing greenhouse gases from transport is expected to help the UK’s long term goal of cutting emissions by at least 80% compared to 1990 levels by 2050.

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer said: “All the schemes will lower emissions in busy towns and cities… The funding we are providing will result in real public health benefits while supporting skilled jobs and economic growth in the environmental technologies industries.”

Previous rounds of the CVTF have been available only for buses.