First electric taxi in Carmarthenshire has been licensed.

The first electric taxi in Carmarthenshire has been licensed.
Andrew Paul Morgans of AJ’s Taxis, Park View, Llanelli, has been granted a licence for a Nissan Leaf Electric Car.
Mr Morgans asked today’s meeting of the county council’s licensing committee to grant him an exemption from the licensing condition that says that a hackney carriage vehicle must have an engine capacity of at least 1200cc.
A report by senior licensing officer Justin Power said: “This vehicle features an advanced 24kwh or 30kwh rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack designed to provide clean, reliable power and therefore does not meet the current Engine Capacity Licence Condition.
“This vehicle is fully compliant with all other conditions of licence for hackney carriage vehicles.”
Mr Morgans told the committee: “We were looking for the most economical and environmentally-friendly car and this came on top. There are taxi companies across the UK using this car successfully. We would be the first down here.”
Executive board member for environmental and public protection Cllr Jim Jones said: “It’s very exciting that Carmarthenshire now has its first licensed electric taxi.
“I’m delighted AJ’s Taxis see having one of these innovative and environmentally-friendly vehicles as making sense for their business and have taken the opportunity to add it to their fleet.”

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