Switched on Taxis Loan

Support provided by Energy Savings Trust

What does this involve?

Interest-free loans of up to £120,000 are available to enable owners and operators of hackney cabs or private hire taxis to replace their current vehicle with an eligible ultra-low emission vehicle.

Hackney drivers only

The funded vehicle must be eligible for the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV)'s plug-in grant. See full details of eligible vehicles on the UK Government site (under ‘Taxis’).

Private hire drivers only

The funded vehicle must be included on the list of eligible makes and models (PDF, 84.2 KB).

The loans are available from Energy Saving Trust, funded by Transport Scotland (an agency of the Scottish Government).

Am I eligible?

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

• hackney owners must have owned their current vehicle for at least 6 months before applying to replace it
• hackney owners must provide a copy of all pages of your V5 registration certification
• private hire applications need a supporting Sustainable Transport Review or Vehicle Comparison Report (available from Energy Saving Trust)

What does this cost?

There are no application fees. 

Who is this for?

Owners and operators of hackney cabs or private hire taxis looking to replace their current vehicle with an eligible ultra-low emission vehicle.

How long does this take?

Energy Saving Trust aims to process complete applications within 10 working days. A decision cannot be guaranteed before this, and if information is missing it will take longer to process. The claim process will take a further 10 working days, then allow another 3 to 5 working days for payment for successful applications.

Next steps

Before applying for a loan, please complete the online form on the Energy Saving Trust website. A sustainable transport coordinator will then be in touch to arrange a sustainable transport review.

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