Cab drivers refuse to hike fares
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’.