Taxis for Highlanders could cost more after fare tariff rise agreed
TAXI drivers in the Highlands will be able to charge more for journeys from next month, following a council decision made on Tuesday.
Under the new tariffs, customers can now be charged £ 3 for the first 785 yards, up 50p on the current cost, and 10p for every additional 130 yards, bringing a one-mile journey from £ 3.30 to £ 3.90.
The higher fare, charged on weekends and after 9pm on week nights, will now cost £ 3.30 for the first 560 yards and 10p for every additional 92 yards.
Despite controversy from the public about the raise, members of Highland council’s licensing committee agreed the decision at its meeting on Tuesday, and increased the planned rise even further, from 20p to 50p.
Councillor Maxine Smith warned fellow members if the tariff didn’t go up taxi companies could go out of business due to increasing wages and costs.
She said: ‘If we don’t put this up by a substantial amount we are going to lose taxi businesses.’
This is the maximum tariff set by the council. Taxi companies can choose whether to implement the rise.