Cabbies bid to up ante for ride from Grand National
SEFTON’S taxi drivers have made a bid to increase fares for next year’s Grand National.
If given the go-ahead by the licensing committee, fares to and from the Aintree festival would jump from Tariff 1 to Tariff 2. (Tariff 2 is currently used for public bank holidays, as well as overnight between 11pm-6am)
This would see the initial hire cost rise from £1.60 to £2. Thereafter, for each 209.72 yards, it would rise from 20p to 25p and waiting time would rise from 20p to 25p for each minute.
Across its three days, the festival is visited by thousands of people from Sefton – and cabbies say the fare increase would ‘help reduce the queues that inevitably form.’
The bid has been made to Sefton Council following a unanimous decision from the drivers’ trade representatives. The fare increase – which would come into play from 4pm onwards at each day of the festival – will be discussed at the Council’s licensing and regulatory committee on January 7.
Sefton’s last tariff increase was November 21, 2011, in keeping with rises in the cost of fuel.
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Alternative forms of transport include the train