11:17 am 27 July 2022
A council will consider a proposal from a group of black taxi drivers for a fare increase in Waveney.
East Suffolk Council’s Licensing Committee will discuss the base rate for taxi fares after a group of taxi drivers called for prices to be increased.
The council is responsible for licensing carriage and private hire drivers and vehicles, as well as private hire operators.
Taxi driver Mustafa Ibisler said: “We came up with this because fuel prices and inflation are at an all time high.
“While private taxi companies have changed their fares in line with the cost of living crisis, we black taxi drivers work for the council and set our fares.
“The last time the council changed the tariffs was in 2012.”
The council has the power to set and vary the carriage rates by law, while the carriage drivers have no right to charge more than the fixed rate.
Mr Ibisler, in his request for review, said: “The pound has had an average inflation rate of 2.54% per year between 2008 and today, which has resulted in a cumulative price increase of 42, 17%.
“Vehicle prices have doubled since 2019.”
Mr Ibisler was joined by 29 other taxi drivers in making the proposal to the council, which would see a £1 rise in the minimum fare for journeys made between 7am and 11pm, meaning a minimum fare of £4s would apply.
During the same period, known as Tariff 1, there would also be a reduction to a minimum run of 880 meters distance, while subsequent distance charges would be reduced from 146.66 meters to 125 meters.
Tariff 2 journeys, between 11pm and 7am, would see a £1.20 increase in the minimum fare and a reduction at 700m distance to a minimum fare of £4.40.
Subsequent distances would be charged at 106 yards, down from 121.37.
This means that prices would increase by around £5 for a 10 mile journey depending on either rate offered.
Other changes include an increase in the soiling fee from £40 to £60 and an increase from 30p to 80p for luggage storage in the luggage compartment.
The East Suffolk Council Licensing Committee will meet to discuss the proposal on Monday August 1, 2022.