City cabs set to become cleaner through LPG partnership project

City cabs set to become cleaner through LPG partnership project

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The latest phase of a project to make Birmingham\’92s Hackney Carriage fleet cleaner is now underway. Five cabs were booked into Harborne Garage to have new LPG (liquefied petroleum gas)-fuelled engines fitted as part of the NOx Reduction Champions Project \’96 a partnership between the garage, engine manufacturer KMS and Birmingham City Council. The partnership is being further supported through collaboration with an LPG Industry representative body, Autogas Ltd.\
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The new engines are \’93Euro 6\uc0\u8243 compliant \’96 the standard at which all vehicles within the scope of the city\’92s Government-mandated Clean Air Zone will be exempt from any charges. Anne Shaw, Assistant Director \’96 Transportation and Connectivity at Birmingham City Council, said: \’93We have to introduce a Clean Air Zone as part of the Government\’92s strategy to bring the country into line with the law.\
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\’93The fact our city has an ageing fleet of cabs means we need to look at how we can work with drivers to re-profile the vehicles serving customers in the city as their impact on air quality is significant. \’93Through the funding the council has successfully unlocked from the Government, we\’92ve been able to play a part in forming links with technology providers and engineers to come up with part of the solution to one of the city\’92s major public health issues.\
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\’93This is one of a package of measures and investment that will encourage people to use other fuels and forms of transport in the city. We\’92ll continue looking at ways in which to develop partnerships and encourage innovation to achieve this.\’94\
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Linda Gomersall, General Manager at Autogas Ltd, who have provided LPG technology support for the project, added: \’93Autogas Ltd is delighted to be working alongside Birmingham City Council as part of their Birmingham NOx Reduction Champions project in retrofitting their taxi fleet to run on LPG.\
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\’93With an increase in levels of pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide that are harmful to human health, it remains imperative that these air quality issues are addressed in Birmingham and across the UK.\
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\’93As such, Birmingham City Council should be commended for adopting measures such as retrofitting their taxi fleet to run on cleaner LPG fuel, demonstrating that both locally and nationally, they are already at the forefront of tackling air pollution from the most polluting vehicles and meeting the demands set out as part of the Government\’92s Clean Air Zones programme, well ahead of the deadline in 2020.\’94\
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Steve Law of Harborne Garage said: \’93This is a moment in time that could change the iconic black cab that we know and love forever.\
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\’93This project will go a long way to help clean up the air that we, our children and our grandchildren breathe in Birmingham and we are very proud to be within a team of technical experts who created the solution.\’94\
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Johan van Grootel, technical engineer at KMS, said: \’93We and our partner Vogels Autogas in association with Autogas Ltd are pleased to contribute to improving air quality for the people of Birmingham.\
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\’93We have accomplished the technical challenge in converting the old diesel powered black cab to a modern emission friendly vehicle running on LPG. In comparison to the diesel engine, we achieved an improvement of 99.9 per cent on particles and 99 per cent on NO2 emissions.\’94

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