Calls to increase taxi fares across Lichfield and Burntwood will be discussed at Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet next week.
The meeting on 12th November will hear about pleas from drivers for the introduction of a waiting time, as well as an overall rise in taxi prices.
At present, two tariffs operate – a standard maximum figure and one in place at night and on bank holidays:
- Tier 1: £3.60 for the first mile and then 17p for every subsequent 161 metres.
- Tier 2: £4.80 for the first mile and 23p for the next 161 metres.
A report from Cllr Angela Lax, Cabinet member for legal and regulatory services, says that the trade call for increased fares would see rises such as:
- A 4-mile trip between Lichfield City Station and Burntwood Island to £10 from £8.70 under Tier 1, or rising from £11.70 to £14 under Tier 2.
- A 3.1-mile trip from Co-op Bole Park to the Friary School increasing from £7.17 to £7.20 (Tier 1) and £9.63 to £11.30 (Tier 2).
During a consultation, taxi drivers said costs had risen for drivers while fares had remained static.
One driver explained: “As the fares have not been reviewed for seven years they have not kept up with the costs to drivers such as MOT, road tax and insurance.
“There are also increased associated costs with the reduction of time a vehicle can be used as a taxi.”
“Ensuring that there is an adequate supply of taxis”
Cllr Lax added that increasing the cost of taxi journeys was a difficult balancing act.
“In considering any fare increase, there is the impact on the customer versus ensuring that there is an adequate supply of taxis and the trade can make a living,” she said.
“For the trade their key costs are fuel, vehicle purchase and maintenance, insurance and labour.
“The hire charge ideally needs to be not be so high as to deter people using taxis to get them safely home at night, but at the same time set at a level which provides an incentive to hackney carriage drivers.”