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Changes to taxi fares are only reasonable


Following on from your taxi tariff article last week, I really felt the need to respond as a small independent taxi operator in Badenoch.

I was at the Highland Council licensing committee hearing on Tuesday December 6 when this was discussed and the proposals for public consultation decided. I was surprised to see how little council officials and elected members knew and understood about how taxi charging and meters work.

I sat back and listened to the debate but had to make some input when it came to the subject of ‘outgoing charges’ because there was nobody representing rural taxi drivers or companies. Nobody seemed to understand the importance of this to local taxi services in outlying areas.

The maximum allowable charge for this is £8.50 and it comes into play when you have to go more than three miles, and then make your metered journey away from base, meaning the miles to and from the pick-up point are not paid for and are considered ‘dead miles’ by the trade. Tariff 1 is currently £1.40 a mile, so the £8.50 only actually compensates for an outward journey of up to six miles in daytime. After that, the driver cannot ask for an additional cover charge. This means if you are called a long way from base to do a short metered journey it is just not worthwhile.

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