06:19 PM July 12, 2022
Taxi drivers cheered when councilors long ago agreed to raise fares amid rising fuel prices.
Hackney horse-drawn carriage drivers have submitted a proposal to West Suffolk Council’s Licensing and Regulation meeting for an increase of £3.80 to £5.00 for a mile between 6am and midnight, each subsequent mile costing around £2.10.
These increases were higher than those proposed in the West Suffolk Council review, which suggested fares for a mile between 6am and midnight should be increased to £4.40.
A licensing officer had warned that fares were rising too high and making taxis unaffordable for some.
Responding to the officer’s presentation, Conservative adviser Karen Soons pointed to ‘shortcomings in the calculations’, including the fact that the fuel costs mentioned in the report were taken from June 20 – rather than taking a average for the year and to consider the rate of likely future price increases.
Conservative Councilor Brian Harvey agreed: “Fuel costs are rising exponentially. We cannot allow an organization that supports our community to make losses. »
It has been agreed to implement the rate increases requested by West Suffolk Hackney drivers. The consultation period will be reduced from the proposed 23 days to the legal minimum of 14 days, so that the increase in tariffs can start earlier, and the tariffs will be reviewed every six months.
Under the agreed compromise proposal, the first mile for taxis carrying less than five passengers will cost £5 and each subsequent mile will cost around £2.10 between 6am and midnight on non-bank holidays.
The first mile for taxis carrying less than five passengers will cost £7.50 and each subsequent mile will cost around £3.15 between midnight and 6am on public holidays, and between 6pm and midnight on Christmas and New Year’s Eve .
The first mile for taxis carrying less than five passengers will cost £10 and each subsequent mile will cost approximately £4.20 from midnight Christmas Eve to midnight Boxing Day and midnight New Year’s Eve to midnight Christmas Day. ‘Year.
West Suffolk Council independent councilor Jason Crooks spoke as a taxi driver from Haverhill. He said after the vote: “We asked for a raise in December 2021 and it’s taken this long to get it, but we’re very happy the councilors listened to us.”
The fares offered will be the maximum West Suffolk taxi drivers can charge, and drivers will be allowed to charge less if they wish.