Cab driv­ers refuse to hike fares

The Oban Times - - News -

AR­GYLL’S taxi driv­ers have re­fused to in­crease their fares for fear of driv­ing cus­tomers away.

All 133 of the area’s taxi op­er­a­tors from Cowal, Lomond, Oban, Kin­tyre, Mid Ar­gyll and Bute took part in Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil’s an­nual op­por­tu­nity to put up charges but there was unan­i­mous agree­ment that ‘the mar­ket was so poor that no in­crease should be sought’ – ‘ un­less fuel prices jumped sub­stan­tially’, one ar­gued.

How­ever, the coun­cil re­port noted ‘a lack of rep­re­sen­ta­tion or re­sponse to the pro­posed re­view of taxi fare scales for or against from con­sul­tees.

‘A to­tal of 133 were con­sult- ed, with four pro­vid­ing writ­ten rep­re­sen­ta­tions.’

At Kil­mory Cas­tle last Wed­nes­day, coun­cil­lors on the Plan­ning, Pro­tec­tive Ser­vices and Li­cens­ing Com­mit­tee agreed with the ‘gen­eral con­sen­sus from all taxi meet­ings and four writ­ten re­sponses re­ceived that no in­creases to fares are made’.

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