LA Taxi Fleet Going Green

The city of Los Angeles is aiming to have at least 80% of its cab fleet be green by 2015. The Green Taxicab Program, implemented in 2011, requires City hall to meet certain annual standards for fuel efficient vehicles.

As of December 31, 2013, 988 of the city’s cabs meet the green requirement–more than halfway to the 1,703 goal the city needs to meet by December 31, 2015. According to a report by the general manager of the City’s Department of Transportation, Jon Kirk Mukri, “It is anticipated that the Los Angeles Taxicab Industry will achieve the goal of replacing 80 percent of the non-wheelchair vehicle fleet as green taxis as early as June 30, 2014.”

The report goes on to state that the introduction of a new, green taxicab fleet has reduced smog pollution by 72 percent and greenhouse gas emissions by 56 percent. By December 31, 2015, 85 percent of the city’s taxicab fleet will be green.