Councils have agreed to an increase in Worthing taxi fares.
The proposed fares came from the city’s taxi drivers, as they report rapidly rising fuel costs and working longer hours to maintain income.
Worthing Borough Council’s Licensing and Control Committee approved the increases on Tuesday (July 26).
Richard Carrington, who has been in the industry for 22 years as both a truck and taxi driver, was at the meeting to argue for higher fares.
He explained that the cost of filling up his taxi with petrol has increased from £95 to £148 a week.
“This is a massive surge,” he said, “we can’t sustain this any longer – it’s getting out of hand.
“We think this is a fair deal and would help us cover some of the costs.
“The increase just stays at the same level [of income]as the cost of living increases.
“There is a risk of having to work overtime, and then there is fatigue. It’s an endless circle down.”
Licensing officials pointed out that drivers are free to choose whether to charge the maximum fare — it’s not a requirement.
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The Licensing Committee Council members were keen to support the taxi drivers and suggested the fare increases should have been higher.
Hazel Thorpe (LDem, Tarring) said: “It seems quite a small increase that you are asking us for consent and I was wondering if that will actually keep you in jobs.
“I think it’s worth supporting our taxi drivers.”
However, Mr Carrington explained that a large increase could “deter customers”.
“We don’t want to deter our customers, we just want to be reasonable and fair,” he said.
Private Hire & Taxi Monthly magazine ranks Worthing taxi fares 131st out of 355 territories. The front page of the July issue warns: “Our trade is in crisis”.
What are the changes?
There are four main types of fares depending on how many passengers are traveling, when they are traveling and whether it is a public holiday.
The main daily fare for up to four passengers will cost a minimum of £3.50 (previously £3.00) and the cost each way will also increase slightly.
Nightly minimum price increases from £4.00 to £4.50. These costs also apply if the journey takes place on a holiday or if there are five or more passengers traveling during the day.
The night and bank holiday fare for more than five people sharing a taxi will be increased from £6.00 to a minimum of £7.00.
The minimum fare for five or more people traveling during the holidays will be charged between 8pm on Christmas Eve and 6am on December 27th and from 8pm on New Year’s Eve to 6am on January 2nd from 7th December £.00 increased to £8.00.
The maximum pollution fee that passengers will have to pay for making a mess inside the vehicle remains at £100.
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