Taxi fare rise agreed

An increase in Liverpool’s Hackney cab fares has been agreed.

The rise, the first in four years, followed a request from Unite the trade union which represents a number of taxi drivers in the city.

They argued that fares in Liverpool are, on average below other major cities. They also said that if fares were not increased now it would lead to a larger hike in fares at a later date.

Objections to the proposed increase were considered but it has been agreed that the increase should go ahead with immediate effect.

Councillor Steve Munby, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said: “We have a responsibility to be fair to both the taxi trade and to passengers. Nobody likes price increases but this is the first rise in four years and it has been kept as low as possible.

“Experience has shown that  if you keep the fares down too long you end up with having to impose a very big increase.  In the 1980s the fares were frozen for six years but this was followed by a rise of nearly 30%.

“There were objections from some taxi drivers and passengers and these were carefully considered but ,on balance, it has been decided that an increase in fares at this time is justified.”

The new rates are:

Tariff One or D (Day) rate

For journeys beginning after 06:00 hours and ending before 23:00 hours (other
than when Tariffs Two or Three apply)

£2.40 (instead of £2.20 currently) for the first 330 yards (or less)
Then 20p each succeeding 232 yards (or less) up to 14080 (instead of 11002
currently) yards
Then 20p each succeeding 300 (instead of 330 currently) yards (or less)
And 20p each 60 seconds waiting charge or (or less)

Tariff Two or N (Night) rate

For journeys beginning after 23:00 hours and ending before 06:00 hours or at
any times on Easter Sunday and all bank holidays (other than the Xmas and
New Year periods when the Tariff 3 (or X) rate should be charged – see below).

£3.00 (instead of £2.75 currently) for the first 330 yards (or less)
Then 25p each succeeding 232 yards (or less) up to 14080 (instead of 11002
currently) yards
Then 25p each succeeding 300 (instead of 330 currently) yards (or less)
And 25p each 60 seconds waiting charge or (or less)

Tariff Three or X (Extra) rate

For journeys beginning (1) after 6.00pm on December 24 to 6.00am on 27
December and (2) after 6.00pm on 31 December to 6.00am on 2 January. This
rate can also be charged if the journey taken is over four miles beyond the City
of Liverpool boundary AND THE USE OF THIS RATE HAS BEEN AGREED IN
ADVANCE

£3.60 (instead of £3.30 currently) for the first 330 yards (or less)
Then 30p each succeeding 232 yards (or less) up to 14080 (instead of 11002
currently) yards
Then 30p each succeeding 300 (instead of 330 currently) yards (or less)
And 30p each 60 seconds waiting charge or (or less)