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Published March 26, 2012 06:44 AM

London to ban old black cabs!

London's taxi regulators are to withdraw 2,600 ageing black cabs in an attempt to reduce air pollution in the capital.

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No black cab over 15-years-old will be licensed by the Taxi and Private Hire Office — taking off the road 2,600 taxis this year.

Now Mercedes-Benz has launched an initiative to help London cabbies keep the city moving and at the same time delivering cleaner air.

Following discussions between Transport for London and Mercedes-Benz the new scheme will see cab drivers offered a £1,500 discount off the purchase price of a new low-emission Vito Euro 5 taxi in exchange for the driver agreeing to carry Mercedes-Benz advertising for 18 months.

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John Mason, TfL's Director of Taxi and Private Hire, said: “London's cabbies are rightly regarded as the best in the world and I know from my discussions with the trade that they want to play their part in making the capital a clean, green city.

"Age limits were introduced at the start of this year and the oldest, most polluting cabs will no longer be licensed."

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