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PCO London Driver PHV Emissions Update

9th March 2023
Posted In: Insurance

Are you a PCO London driver? Are you aware of the recent update in legislation regarding PHV Euro Emissions Standards? This will impact your choice of vehicle and possibly the type of fuel you choose in the future. The aim is to dramatically reduce emissions to improve air quality in the London area. There are other important considerations too, which we want our customers to be aware of.

At Rapid Vehicle Management, we understand the difficulties facing PCO drivers. A cost of living crisis, increased running costs, and fluctuating fuel prices to name a few. Therefore, it’s never been more important to know how changes will potentially affect your PCO business in the future.

What are the Euro 6 Emission Standards?

Euro 6 Emission Standards require all car manufacturers to legally produce vehicles that generate CO2 emissions under 98g/km. It concentrates on harmful particulate emissions that contribute towards smog generation, poor air quality, and toxic chemical production.

How Euro 6 Emission Standard changes affect PCO Drivers

Firstly, licensing requirements will mean changes for PCO drivers. These changes only apply to vehicles being licensed as Private Hire Vehicles (PHV) in the London area. From Sunday 1st January 2023, all PHVs licensed for the first time must be zero emission capable (ZEC). They must also satisfy all Euro 6 criteria. Vehicles already licensed by Transport for London must be no older than 10 years at the time of re-licensing.

Furthermore, a vehicle must:

You can check the gov.uk page for further information and any potential future updates.

How do I know if my car meets Euro 6 Emission Standards?

As a PCO driver in the London area, it is important to know that all vehicles already licensed by TfL must be no older than 10 years at the time of re-licensing. Additionally, if you are looking to purchase a PHV in the London area, which has not been licensed before, it must meet the updated ZEC criteria. Other important key considerations include:

PCO Driver Update to PHV Licensing Inspection

If your logbook doesn’t confirm it, make sure to obtain a manufacturer’s Certificate of Conformity (CoC) that will prove the Euro 6 Emission Standard compliance and ZEC of your vehicle. Present your CoC during licensing inspection as it is a PCO driver’s duty to ensure vehicles meet these conditions. If you do not satisfy the Licensing Authority’s requirements, they reserve the right to refuse vehicle inspection, placing your earning potential as a PCO driver in jeopardy.

Switch to a fully compliant, economical PCO car hire today!

Be smart! If your vehicle is becoming a gas-guzzling drain on your resources or a leaky, repair-laden eye-sore upgrade to one of our fully Euro 6 ready vehicles today! Our PCO package provides the comfort of knowing your vehicle is compliant and able to hit the road whatever the weather. Rapid Vehicle Management provides multiple built-in benefits for London PCO drivers too, which include:

Our devoted team is eager to help you drive away in a Euro 6 compliant PCO hire car today! Our onboarding process is straightforward:

Call 01732 747190 or click here for more information on our range of Euro 6 compliant PCO private hire cars today!


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