Taxis for High­landers could cost more af­ter fare tar­iff rise agreed

The Oban Times - - News -

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.

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