Wednesday, June 05, 2013

South Oxhey Radio Taxis Proposes 20p Fare Increase: Council Objects And Wants 3 Years Fare Freeze

A South Oxhey taxi company is seeking permission to increase its fares.

South Oxhey Radio Taxis (SORT) is proposing to change its start fare from £2.70 to £2.90 - an increase of 7.4 per cent - and to extend the night charging hours by a further hour in the morning to 6am.

SORT says the increased fare is necessary due to the increase in fuel costs, taxi insurance and the cost of purchasing new vehicles since fares were last set in 2011.

The company identifies a 5.3 per cent increase in fuel costs, a 33 per cent increase in insurance and a nine per cent increase in new vehicle cost.

A report by officers from Three Rivers District Council attacked the figures produced by SORT as "not a broad reflection of costs".

The report recommends it be refused on the grounds that "aspects of this proposal are out of line with the inflation of the Retail Price Index" and that a time limit of three years be set before any further review is carried out.

The taxi company’s application to the council’s Regulatory Services Committee, which is due to be considered this evening (Wednesday, June 5).

Latest news 6 June:

Councillors have approved a 10p increase in the basic fare for taxis operating in Three Rivers.

The increase relates to all 10 Hackney Carriages registered to work in the district but does not apply to private hire taxis.

An application by South Oxhey Radio Taxis (SORT) to increase the start fare from £2.70 to £2.90 was turned down by members of Three Rivers District Council's Regulatory Services Committee on Wednesday night (June 5).

However, the lesser increase was agreed between councillors as well as an extension of the night time charging hours from 5am to 6am.


Dumb not Dummer said...

We wonder what the councillor a expenses are set at?

Bet they are reviewed annually, still the LTDA thought our below inflation rise in London helped us.

I am no Carol Vorderman but I know that any rise lower than inflation is a pay cut.

Our flag fall MUST be at least the Zone One Tube Fare £4.00.

70andproud said...

Yes, great idea dimwit, raise our prices up during a recession. How much greed is it possible to have? 60'000 minicabs and you want to put our prices up? I suppose you've been driving a cab for 30 years? Back in the day........ Blah, blah, blah, keep the fx4, blah, blah, blah, 74 badge numbers, blah, blah, blah.

The whole country's taking a pay cut, try working harder.

Dumb not Dummer said...

Everycab punter I know would not notice, an inflation matching increase and would support it, most are motorists and know about rising costs.

The trouble with your strategy that if a recovery ever happens you store up a need for a bigger increase at that time and THAT is unpopular.

House of Lords £300.00 a day allowance TAX FREE, TfL managers Inflation plus 2%, most MP's have extra jobs that are carried out in OUR time.

It's got Nothing at all all about 'back in the day',it's about common sense and an understanding of how the industry works, ageist abuse demeans any argument you have and becomes a rant.l

Mind you you don't have to charge the meter so I expect to see you on the rank with a big notice front and rear saying 'USE THIS CAB 20%OFF THE METER'.

Give it three months and let us all know how extra per hour that got you,I can hazard a guess.