Our Royal Town’s MP, Andrew Mitchell, has met with representatives from Autogas for a demonstration in Sutton Coldfield of a newly converted LPG black cab, following the launch of a taxi conversion project aimed at finding a solution to one of the area’s major public health issues and reducing air pollution across the region. He was joined by newly elected Tory Town Councillor and Pub landlord, Keith Ward.
Growing levels of pollutants which are harmful to human health mean that air quality is becoming an increasingly important issue across Sutton Coldfield, as well as across the UK.
With help from central government funding from the Department for Transport, Autogas, in partnership with Birmingham City Council, recently launched their ‘Birmingham NOx Reduction Champions’ programme.
This launch will see approximately 63 black cabs repowered from diesel engines to new petrol engines running cheaper, cleaner LPG fuel. Mr Mitchell discussed the programme with Autogas Ltd’s Business Development Manager Paul Oxford who said: “We have worked hard with Birmingham City Council in recent months to bring this concept to reality - Birmingham has lead the way as the first UK city to embrace the technology that cleans up the older black cabs emission levels and bring them up-to-date with a Euro 6 low particulate and low NOx pollution solution engine.
Following the demonstration, Mr Mitchell said: “The growing inner city levels of pollution means it is imperative that air quality issues are addressed both locally and across the UK. As such, I am pleased that the City Council is taking steps to address this issue often raised by my constituents. This demonstrates that both locally and nationally, we are already at the forefront of tackling air pollution from the most polluting vehicles and meeting the demands set out as part of the Clean Air Zones programme, which was introduced as part of this Government’s strategy to improve the UK’s air quality, well ahead of the deadline in 2020.”
Photo: Paul Oxford (Autogas Ltd), Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP and Conservative Town Councillor Keith Ward inside a newly converted LPG black cab outside The Station Pub