Council review into taxi fares to go ahead

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Taxi businesses across Argyll and Bute are going to be consulted in a review of fares.

Argyll and Bute Council’s temporary ‘business continuity committee’ agreed the decision during a Skype meeting yesterday, Thursday April 16.

The council says it has to press ahead because it is required to do so by law.

The Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 obliges councils to fix scales for taxi fares and other charges at least every 18 months.

Any changes this time round would be required to come into force by October 2020 which means the review process has to start this month, according to a council report.

The consultation with taxi operators will be carried out in writing.

The fares were last reviewed on October 24, 2018 and took effect the following April. The delay in introduction came about after an appeal was lodged.

The current fares were set in June 2014 and three successive council reviews since then have not resulted in any increase in fares.

David Logan, the council’s head of legal and regulatory support, said in a report: ‘The local authority requires to fix maximum fares and other charges in connection with the hire of taxis operating in their area and to review the scales for taxi fares and other charges on a regular basis.

‘The committee are asked to agree to commence the review of fares in order that this can be completed within the 18 months required in terms of the Act.’

Under the current structure, tariff 1 fares, for hires between 7am-10pm, begin with a basic fare of £3 for a journey of 860 yards, or 0.4 of a mile.

The charges after that amount to an extra 20p for every 176 yards, equivalent to 528ft.

Fares under tariff 2, which applies to journeys between 10pm-7am, start at £3.60 for a trip of up to 860 yards with an extra 20p for every 150 yards covered.

Under tariff 3, which applies only on public holidays, the basic 860-yard fare is £4.20, with a further 20p for every additional 120 yards.

Charges for soiling are set at £100, and waiting and telephone bookings are currently 35p per minute and 30p respectively.

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