Taxi Fare Review
We are required to once again ask for any objections you may have to the proposed maximum taxi fare increase of 10%, as agreed with the Hackney Carriage Consultative Group, to be submitted by 5pm on 25 Jan.
Regrettably, having previously undertaken a two week consultation ending on 21 December 2018 - during which time two objections were received - due an administrative error, this exercise must take place for a second time.
The maximum fare increase of 10% was agreed with the Hackney Carriage Consultative Group, which comprises off representatives of the local taxi trade and district councillors, on 10 October 2018. The proposed increase followed requests by members of the hackney carriage trade for an increase to the maximum fare to reflect the rise in vehicle operational costs seen in recent years. MVDC had frozen the district's maximum taxi tariff since May 2014 and the new proposed 10% increase is set at less than the 12.5% Retail Price Index (RPI) rise during the same five year period.
Having considered that there were a range of views from the taxi trade on the merits of the proposed increase, Mole Valley District Council's (MVDC) Cabinet agreed on 27 November 2018 to consult on the proposed maximum fare increase.
The maximum fare tariff was proposed to balance the rise in vehicle operational costs seen in recent years against the need to ensure Mole Valley's taxis remain a viable options for customers in a competitive private hire market.
If no objections are received, the fare increase will take effect immediately following the conclusion of the consultation period. If one of more objections are received, these will be reported to MVDC's Cabinet for consideration in February 2019. Having taken any objections into account, MVDC's Cabinet may then decide to proceed with the proposed fare increase or choose to amend it.
Should the proposed maximum fare increase come into force following this period of consultation, drivers who do not agree with the tariff can charge less than the meter reads, should it be pre-agreed with the customer ahead of a journey taking place.
The Public Notice outlining the terms of the proposed maximum fare increase is available to review below, in addition to details of how you can submit any objections you have to MVDC.
MOLE VALLEY DISTRICT COUNCIL
Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 section 65(2)
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Mole Valley District Council intend to vary the table of fares to be paid in respect of hackney carriages hired within the district. The proposed fare to be applied is as follows;-
Tariff 1: General effect
First 1320 yards (1207 metres) or part thereof: £3.90
Each subsequent 141 yards (128.93 metres) or part thereof; 20p
Each 41 seconds or part thereof: 25p
Tariff 2: 23:00hrs - 07:30am Monday to Saturday, 23:00hrs Saturday to 07:30am Monday, All Bank Holidays (Except Christmas & New Year)
1 and a half x normal fare
Tariff 3: 18:00hrs Christmas Eve to Midnight Christmas Day, 18:00hrs New Year's Eve to Midnight New Year's Day
2 x normal fare
All extra charges to remain unchanged
Objections to the proposed variation must be submitted in writing by no later than 5pm on 25th January 2019 to Licensing, Mole Valley District Council, Pippbrook, Dorking RH4 1SJ or by email to Licensing@molevalley.gov.uk. A copy of this notice has been deposited at the Council Offices and is available for inspection during office hours until 25th January 2019.
If no objections are received by the date specified above, or if objections are made and subsequently withdrawn, the varied table of fares will come into effect on the date on which the objection period expires or the date the last objection is withdrawn, whichever date is later. If objections are made, and are not withdrawn, the Council will consider the objections and set a further date no later than two months after the original expiry date for objections, on which the table of fares shall come into force with or without any revisions.
Dated 10th January 2019
Senior Licensing Officer
Mole Valley District Council
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