Cab­bies bid to up ante for ride from Grand Na­tional

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - BY KATE LALLY kate.lally@trin­i­tymir­ @klal­lyx

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.

Doc­u­ments on Sefton

Sefton hack­ney cab driv­ers want a fare rise for Grand Na­tional cus­tomers, main pic­ture

Al­ter­na­tive forms of trans­port in­clude the train

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