Taxi vehicles in Hyndburn will have to undergo stricter tests, have better safety standards and lower carbon emission rates under a raft of new measures.
The council will introduce a new taxi licensing policy in June following a six-month consultation with drivers and passengers.
Age limits on taxi and private hire vehicles will be scrapped and a crackdown on vehicle signage and swivel seats will also be introduced as part of the scheme.
Talib Zaman, owner of Max Cabs in Accrington, said the changes would improve standards and could lead to more new vehicles on the road.
He said: “It’s pretty much what we expected. We have really gone through the consultation properly and on the whole we think it’s good.
“The initial proposals by the council were to reduce the age limit of vehicles and we argued successfully that could put people out of work.
“If people get cars newer than 2009 they have better emissions and will last longer so they might be pushed to get one of those instead of ones that are 10 years old.”
New conditions will require taxis to meet strict European Union emission targets by 2017.
Vehicles aged under seven years old will now be tested twice a year and those more than seven years old will be tested three times each year.
The council has agreed to scrap the current seven year age limit for taxis and 10-year limit for private hire vehicles with the focus now on ‘condition and road-worthiness’.
Signage and markings on windows will be banned and a ‘three strikes’ approach will be brought in with licenses being reviewed and potentially removed for persistent offenders.
Advertising on door panels will also be banned but the council will allow a six-month grace period after the new rules are introduced.
Council leader Miles Parkinson said the changes will help provide a better service.
He said: “Safety is paramount in deciding any new proposals for taxi licenses.”
The policy is set to be approved in June.