Taxi Fare Increase Proposal

Closed 3 Aug 2022

Opened 21 Jul 2022

Overview

The cost of using a hackney carriage, more commonly known as a ‘taxi’, depends on when and how far you travel. The total cost is referred to as a ‘fare’ and is calculated on an electronic meter installed and displayed in the vehicle.

The council sets the maximum fares that taxi drivers can charge. The main charge is for the distance i.e. the further you go, the higher the fare. There are extra charges for delays, when there are higher numbers of passengers and costs are also multiplied during evenings, weekends and public holidays.

All the separate charges are set out in a ‘table’. The driver of a taxi cannot charge more than the fares contained in the table, but can charge less if they wish. The current table of fares is shown below.

Our maximum fares were last changed in February this year, with the cost of taxi journeys going up. This was the first change for 10 years and first time there was one set of maximum fares for the whole of Somerset West and Taunton.

Some members of the local taxi trade have asked that the Council propose putting costs up again because of the recent rises in fuel costs. According to the RAC, the price of petrol has risen by 26.5% since February this year, with diesel up by 28.1%. Both are at a record high.

Before the maximum fares can be changed, the Council must give notice and allow a minimum of 14 days for the public to object. Anyone can object to the proposed changes.

The current maximum fares are:

  • First 425 yards: £2.40.
  • For each completed 145 yards or part thereof: £0.20.
  • Waiting time (each completed 35 seconds): £0.20.
  • Soiling charge (caused by vomiting, urinating, defecating or excessive spilled food or drink): £100.00.
  • For hirings commencing between 22:00 hours and 07:00 hours: +50% (time and a half).
  • For Saturdays and Sundays: +50%.
  • For all Public and Bank Holidays: +100% (double time).
  • Christmas Eve and New Years Eve from 18:00 hours: +50%.
  • In excess of 4 passengers at any point during the hire: +50%.
  • In excess of 4 passengers between 22:00 hours and 07:00 hours:  +100%.
  • In excess of 4 passengers on a Saturday, Sunday, Bank holiday or Public holiday: +100%.

The changes that have been requested and we are proposing are:

  • The initial distance, for which there is a £2.40 charge, be reduced from 425 yards to 390 yards.
  • Each subsequent distance (or part thereof), for which there is a charge of 20p, be reduced from 145 yards to 135 yards.

These changes would mean that the cost of using a taxi would increase. Here are some examples of journeys to help demonstrate what the difference would be:

Journey

Current cost

Cost if varied

Percentage difference

A two-mile journey on a Monday afternoon

£6.80

£7.20

+5.9%

A two-mile journey in the early hours of Sunday morning

£10.20

£10.80

+5.9%

A two-mile journey on a Bank Holiday

£13.60

£14.40

+5.9%

A five-mile journey on a Monday afternoon

£14.00

£15.00

+7.1%

A five-mile journey in the early hours of Sunday morning

£21.00

£22.50

+7.1%

A five-mile journey on a Bank Holiday

£28.00

£30.00

+7.1%

A seven-mile journey on a Monday afternoon

£19.00

£20.20

+6.3%

A seven -mile journey in the early hours of Sunday morning

£28.50

£30.30

+6.3%

A seven -mile journey on a Bank Holiday

£38.00

£40.40

+6.3%

A ten-mile journey on a Monday afternoon

£26.20

£28.00

+6.9%

A ten-mile journey in the early hours of Sunday morning

£39.30

£42.00

+6.9%

A ten-mile journey on a Bank Holiday

£52.40

£56.00

+6.9%

 

Please note: these fares do not include any waiting time.

What happens next

If no objections have been received, the proposed tariff will come into effect immediately.

If objections are received, they will be considered at a council meeting and a decision will be made by elected councillors.

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • all residents

Interests

  • transport