Taxi fares going nowhere as council agrees a freeze
For third year running charges are held after 3% rise rejected
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’
The fall in fuel prices was one of the reasons fares will not rise