A free event bringing together local authorities and taxi operators to encourage the uptake of low emission taxis in Lancashire and to develop a strategy across the area is being held by Lancaster City Council and Cenex.

Organisers say it will benefit all attendees, helping them improve air quality and reduce costs within their taxi fleets.

As well as showcasing best practice and the latest low emission taxi options, the event aims to gather feedback from drivers and operators on Ultra Low Emissions Vehicles (ULEVs), encourage inter-authority working and help develop a cohesive regional strategy for Lancashire.

Taking place on National Clean Air Day ' 21 June 2018 ' at Morecambe Town Hall, the event will feature:

A policy and strategy session for local authorities, exploring how their policies can incentivise EV adoption and the benefits this can deliver (9:30am ' 12:00pm)

Two driver and taxi operator sessions in the afternoon, highlighting the financial, operational and reputational advantages of EV technology, sharing best practice examples and offering a variety of vehicles for ride and drive (13:30 ' 14:30 and the repeat session from 14:45 ' 15:45)

A full day public engagement event, centred on a display of the latest electric vehicles 

Steve Carroll, head of transport at Cenex, said: 'The electrification of taxi fleets provides a major opportunity to reduce running costs and emissions while increasing driver wellbeing.

'We're working hard with our partners to overcome any barriers that hold back adoption and we are proud to work with so many local authorities in Lancashire to hold this event, helping to deliver a joined-up strategy and to encourage EV take-up within taxi fleets'

Cenex has recenty worked on taxi electrification with three local authorities ' Nottingham, Oxford and Derby ' to help them assess the feasibility of alternative ownership models, such as leasing. They've also identified chargepoint sites and outlined regulatory options to drive adoption in St Albans as well as CLEAR Capture comparison analysis in Birmingham.

Attendees in Morcambe will be able to learn about:

The cost savings and increases in driver wellbeing that EV taxi fleets deliver

How to meet current and future legislation on air quality and taxi operations

The chance to shape the future strategy for Lancashire around the adoption of low emission taxis

Case studies highlighting best practice in introducing low emission taxis from a local authority in the Midlands and Electric Blue in St Albans

The opportunity to see and test drive the latest electric vehicles suitable for taxi use.

Councillor Andrew Warriner, Lancaster City Council's cabinet member with responsibility for environmental health, said: 'We are committed to reducing emissions and improving the quality of the air our citizens breathe.

'Achieving this requires a joint effort between all vehicle users and we're delighted to host this event.

'We'd encourage as many of our colleagues, local residents and taxi operators as possible to join us in order to help set strategy across the region and to learn about the real business opportunities electrification provides for the taxi sector'