Taxi fare changes set to be approved

By Richard Wright

Thursday, February 28, 2013

 

A TAXI driver’s call for fares to be increased by a higher rate than proposed last year looks set to be rejected by the Isle of Wight Council.

The driver pointed to there being no increase to the first charge made during a journey since 2004, no recognition for special events and bank holidays, the luggage charge remaining the same since the late 80s and the table of charges being skewed in favour of larger vehicles.

He made the comments during a consultation period on proposals made by the regulatory committee in December.

Another driver claimed market forces should be allowed to prevail and there should be no fares table.

Officers however, have recommended the regulatory committee, which meets on Monday, should adopt the fares proposed in December.

The only changes to those charges is an increase in the luggage handling fee — from 10p to 20p per suitcase.

Under the December proposals taxi fares during the day until 10pm will go up from 40p to 45p per quarter of a mile, except on bank and public holidays, waiting time per minute is down from 60p to 40p early in the morning and late at night and from £1 to 80p after midnight and on some Bank Holidays including Christmas Day.

The council said that under the new charges, the cost of a two-mile taxi journey during the day until 10pm would cost £5.70 on the Isle of Wight, compared to the south's average of £5.98, and a five-mile journey would cost £11.10 on the Island compared to £11.80 in south.

Reporter: richardw@iwcpmail.co.uk

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