Taxi charges in fes­tive sea­son

Wexford People - - NEWS -

Can taxis charge higher fares over Christ­mas and New Year?

Yes, taxis can charge more on cer­tain days over Christ­mas. There are three dif­fer­ent rates un­der the Na­tional Max­i­mum Taxi Fare; the stan­dard rate, the pre­mium rate and the spe­cial pre­mium rate.

The stan­dard rate ap­plies from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mon­day to Satur­day. The pre­mium rate ap­plies at night from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. and on Sun­days and pub­lic hol­i­days. And the spe­cial pre­mium rate ap­plies be­tween 8 p.m. on Christ­mas Eve and 8 a.m. on St. Stephen’s Day and be­tween 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and 8 a.m. on New Year’s Day. The rates are low­est at the stan­dard rate and most ex­pen­sive at the spe­cial pre­mium rate. So, taxis can charge more when the spe­cial pre­mium rate ap­plies over Christ­mas. The Na­tional Max­i­mum Taxi Fare con­sists of 3 sep­a­rate parts: • Ini­tial charge: amount which ap­pears on the me­ter at the begin­ning of the jour­ney. This is €3.80 at the stan­dard rate and €4.20 at the pre­mium rates. It in­cludes an ini­tial dis­tance of 500m, or 85 sec­onds.

Fur­ther travel: af­ter the dis­tance/time in­cluded in the ini­tial charge has been ex­ceeded, fur­ther travel is cal­cu­lated on small por­tions of the jour­ney. At low speeds, or when a taxi is sta­tion­ary, the fare is cal­cu­lated on the ba­sis of time. The charges for fur­ther travel dif­fer de­pend­ing on what rate ap­plies when you are trav­el­ling. The charges are low­est at the stan­dard rate and most ex­pen­sive at the spe­cial pre­mium rate.

Ex­tra charge: there are strict rules about ex­tra charges, in­clud­ing a book­ing fee, ad­di­tional pas­sen­ger charges and a soil­ing charge.

You can ask for a dis­count be­fore en­gag­ing a taxi. Driv­ers have the right to charge the max­i­mum amount cal­cu­lated on the me­ter, or a lower amount at their dis­cre­tion.

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