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East Riding taxi fares set to go up

Hailing a cab looks set to get more expensive in Driffield and the Wolds, with councillors being encouraged to give the green light to increasing meter fares.

If approved, fares will go up by around 15 per cent, meaning a daytime trip from Driffield to Bridlington will go up from £23.15 to £26.95.

Night time and weekend fares for the same 14-mile journey will go up from £30.30 to £35.55 and it will be £43.70 on Bank Holidays and public holidays, instead of the current £37.70.

Officers are aware that any proposal to increase the taxi fares may not be welcomed by the residents and visitors to the East Riding, due to the financial pressures being faced by most parties at this time

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Drivers have asked the council to increase charges to support them following an ‘extraordinary’ rise in fuel prices and the cost of living.

A report by Paul Bellotti, the council’s executive director of communities and environment, will be presented to the council’s Cabinet.

It says: “The hackney carriage fares have not changed since 1st April 2014 when increases to the fares in place were brought in.

“It is now appropriate to review the current fares in place, taking into consideration the rising cost of inflation and determine whether a fare increase is appropriate and, if so, a consultation with the taxi trade and the public must be carried out on the proposals before they are lawfully implemented.”

The report says that councils do not have to set a maximum tariff and can allow market forces to establish prices.

But East Riding Council prefers to set a fares structure and that drivers can choose a lower fee if they wish to.

However the report acknowledges that ‘the issue of increased taxi fares could be a source of financial difficulty for those who rely on taxis but are on reduced or low incomes or may even encourage customers to use unlicensed taxis if the cost of a journey home late at night is excessive’.

The Cabinet is being recommended to approve a new fare structure. Although Mr Bellotti concedes: “Officers are aware that any proposal to increase the taxi fares may not be welcomed by the residents and visitors to the East Riding, due to the financial pressures being faced by most parties at this time.

“Any increase would however be a maximum fare increase and any licensed driver could charge less than the metered fare if they wished to do so.”

The increases looks set to come into effect from 1st July and will not impact pre-booked private hire taxis.

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