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North-east residents views sought on new taxi charges


By David Porter

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Local authorities are required by law to review the charging scale for taxis every 18 months.

Taxi prices are set to rise in Aberdeenshrie.
Taxi prices are set to rise in Aberdeenshrie.

Aberdeenshire Council has consulted with the trade and developed a scale for the public’s consideration which represents a 3 per cent increase on the current arrangements.

The consultation, which ends on July 1, is being conducted via Survey Monkey, with email responses also being accepted.

Among the proposed new charges which would come into effect on September 1, 2020 are:

Exclusive Hire

For the first 880 yards or uncompleted part thereof - £2.70

For each succeeding 1/11th part of a mile (6am – 10pm and 10pm – 6am and public holidays) - £0.20

For each succeeding 1/11th part of a mile (Christmas/New Year) - £0.30

Surcharges

Monday – Thursday 10pm - 6am for the first 880 yards or uncompleted part thereof - £3.70

Between 10pm on Fridays and 6am on Mondays for the first 880 yards or uncompleted part thereof - £3.70

Between 6am – 10pm on Public Holidays for the first 880 yards or uncompleted part thereof -£3.70

Christmas/New Year Supplement for the first 880 yards or uncompleted part thereof - £4.00

Waiting time per 10 seconds (6am - 10pm, 10pm – 6am, weekends and Christmas/New Year) - £0.10

Booking Fee – General - £0.50

The changes also include an amendment to the airport charge which would allow taxi drivers to recoup the full cost of pick-ups /drop-offs should this change during the lifetime of the fare scale and also an increase in terms of the unacceptable mess charge which may be applied from £50 to £100.

Anyone wishing to make representations with regard to the proposals which apply to taxis only and not to private hire cars may do so electronically at http://publications.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/dataset/taxi-fare-calculatoror by completing the online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/T2T3VFD

You can also make representations by emailing licensingpolicyreview@aberdeenshire.gov.uk


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