Taxi fares go­ing nowhere as coun­cil agrees a freeze

For third year run­ning charges are held af­ter 3% rise re­jected

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News - By Sam Wil­liams

It is good news for taxi pas­sen­gers in Ash­ford as fares will not be go­ing up this year.

Ash­ford Bor­ough coun­cil­lors agreed to freeze tar­iffs for a third year in a row at the full coun­cil meet­ing this month.

An in­crease of 3% was ini­tially con­sid­ered, but for a num­ber of dif­fer­ent rea­sons, in­clud­ing the de­crease in the price of petrol over the past year, mem­bers re­jected the rise.

In ad­di­tion, ac­cord­ing to the Pri­vate Hire Driv­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, which pro­duces a league ta­ble of Hack­ney car­riage fares for the coun­try, Ash­ford is placed 74th high­est out of 365 bor­oughs.

There­fore, as the town’s fares com­pared higher to other ar­eas, mem­bers were not happy to agree the in­crease.

Cllr Bernard Heyes, ABC port­fo­lio holder for trans­porta­tion, said: “Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil will not be rec­om­mend­ing an in­crease in taxi fares this year.

“The hack­ney car­riage fare scale is re­viewed an­nu­ally and aims to main­tain prof­itabil­ity in the face of in­creas­ing costs, while pro­tect­ing the pub­lic from ex­ces­sive fares.

“The fees are set in ac­cor­dance with govern­ment guid­ance and need to re­flect the econ­omy.

“We al­ways try to strike a fair bal­ance be­tween the needs of the pub­lic and of the trade, and we main­tain an open di­a­logue with taxi driv­ers at all times and wel­come their feed­back.”

Mem­bers also agreed there should be no change to the start­ing rate of taxi fares.

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‘We al­ways try to strike a fair bal­ance’

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM4211195

The fall in fuel prices was one of the rea­sons fares will not rise

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