Brighton and Hove taxi fares are up for the second year in a row

In Brighton and Hove, taxi fares rise for the second time this year due to ‘skyrocketing inflation’.

A five per cent increase in fares was agreed by Brighton and Hove City Council’s Approval Committee at a meeting at Hove Town Hall yesterday.

This is followed by a five per cent rise in March for cab drivers – who, unlike private hire drivers, operate at taxi ranks for commerce and can be stopped on the street.

Since the hike in March, the war in Ukraine has pushed up fuel prices, city councilors have been told.

And, the meeting said, app-based private hire companies like Uber had “raised prices by incredible amounts” when fewer Brighton and Hove-registered taxis were nearby.

When the licensing committee approved the previous increase in March, trade representative Andrew Peters said it would not cover inflation. And since then the cost has continued to rise.

Drivers’ representatives rejected a proposal to collect the “night” charge from 9pm to 6am and called for a “late night” charge from midnight to 6am.

In a letter to the committee, they said: “Trade unanimously agreed not to support the proposed period… as we felt this would mainly affect people coming home from work on the trains, as well as possibly those.” who start early evening shifts like nurses and others.”

Conservative Councilor Dee Simson supported the surge, speaking about the influx of drivers registered with other councils taking up the trade in Brighton and Hove licensed drivers.

She said: “I want our drivers to survive. I want them to earn a decent income. The late night element is good. We need more taxis out there at night.

“The more taxis we have registered in Brighton and Hove, the fewer out-of-towners we will hopefully have. They take that late night trade.”

Labor councilor Jackie O’Quinn said she tips more because she knows drivers are struggling to cover their costs at current rates.

She said: “These are difficult times. I would rather have our taxi drivers here than end up taking an Uber charged in batches due to a lack of other drivers.”

A standard fare starts at £3, with an additional 30p for every 197 meters or 54 seconds travelled. The late night fare starts at £5 and goes up by 30p for the same time and distance. Brighton and Hove taxi fares are up for the second year in a row

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