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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by ed mew

4th March 2013, at 02:41:44

By the way Sandra, I still can't understand why you are still talking about tariff 4, if there were only 4 of you then tariff 4 doesn't apply!!!!! Maybe you are not telling us the whole truth! Did your friends want to be dropped of at different places? or are you all fortunate to live next to a bus stop ????

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by ed mew

4th March 2013, at 02:27:50

What a great answer! come on here with feeble statistics and then try to follow it up with a stupid IOW website!!!

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by Sandra Essex

3rd March 2013, at 21:15:07

http://www.iwight.com/news/default.aspx?id=313

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by ed mew

3rd March 2013, at 19:31:42

I assume by your last post Sandra, that you either work for Southern Vectis or somebody close to you does! you seem to be very SV orientated! Southern Vectis receive subsidies for rural transportation, Not to do do with old or young! Anyway it's very simple if you can't afford to get a taxi try "shank's pony" Hope you don't get raped on the way home because you are too tight to use commen sense :)

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by Sandra Essex

2nd March 2013, at 15:27:11

http://www.iwight.com/news/default.aspx?id=313

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by ed mew

2nd March 2013, at 14:28:30

As I stated Sandra, tariff 4 is only used for more than four passengers. I'm not sure if you are mis-reading the table of fares but tariff 4 is never (or should never be used for up to 4 passengers, even on Christmas day etc. I'm sorry you feel that £20 is still too much, perhaps you would like to call out a plumber at 2am and see what they charge you before they have even done any work!!!. Maybe you would like to sit on a rank for hours at stupid o'clock and wait for drunk people to get in and abuse and threaten you, whilst carrying the risk of violence or puke? or would you prefer to sit at home cuddled up with your family? Personally I think £20 is reasonable to get you from door to door safely without having to sit on a bus with drunk idiots.
Philip if you paid £60 from Newport to Totland at 11pm you were ripped off. As I said before in future take the drivers number and report it to the council.

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by Sandra Essex

2nd March 2013, at 11:46:04

As far as I am aware the only subsidy SV receive on the Cowes routes are from School Children and OAPs. I don't think many of them will be travelling at 2 O'Clock in the morning. Anyway even at £20 this is still over the Top. No wonder there are too many taxis clogging up Newport Town!

http://www.iwight.com/news/default.aspx?id=313....TARIFF 4 (Midnight to 6am and used on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Easter Sunday with vehicles carrying four or more passengers only).

£7.50 for the first half a mile or part of a mile then £1 every subsequent quarter of a mile. Waiting time every minute will be 80p.

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by Philip Yates

2nd March 2013, at 08:19:28

Still think £60 from Newport to Totland Bay is bit over the top, even for the fact that it was 11 o`clock at night.

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by ed mew

1st March 2013, at 18:00:35

Sorry Sandra please excuse my bad spelling I've had a long day sat on the rank! However I would like to assure you that for up to 4 people travelling from Cowes to Newport between Midnight and 6am would cost about £20. Unless of course your group wanted to take a detour and be dropped off at different locations. If you feel a taxi driver is over charging then take his plate number (on the back of his car, or in his windscreen) and check with the council. I do not like taxi drivers that overcharge as it gives us all a bad name. There are reasons why taxi fares are high at certain times, unfortunately very few know or understand these.

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by ed mew

1st March 2013, at 17:46:58

Sandra I would just like to point out (from a taxi drivers view) that tariff 4 is only used for more than 4 people!!! As pointed out by Steve SV is subsidised by the council, we are not. The council set out rates and unlike SV we have to pay the council a large sum of money every year to run a taxi.

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