The Taxi Council of Queensland (TCQ) is encouraged by news that car makers are stepping up their efforts to design vehicles with reduced emissions and better aerodynamics.
Manufacturers are mindful of climate concerns and ever-increasing emission regulations, as well as improving the aerodynamics of vehicles.
CEO Blair Davies said it paves the way for even more fuel-efficient taxi fleets in the future.
“The Queensland taxi industry already leads the way in terms of having the greenest fleet anywhere in the world, so vehicles with lower carbon emissions will be a natural progression for us,” said Mr Davies.
“Better aerodynamics should also mean less wear and tear on our fleets.”
With the State Government now promoting the future use of electric vehicles and improved design automobiles on the way, Mr Davies said it is probably time for the Government to also rethink its abandoning of age limits for vehicles in the personalised transport sector.
“Sensible age limits for taxis and booked hire vehicles would promote earlier replacement of the personalised transport fleet and that means higher numbers of the cleanest and greenest vehicles out there on Queensland roads. This has got to be a better outcome for the environment.”
He said customers should reasonably expect that personalised transport vehicles they use meet the highest environmental and safety standards.