Taxi Driver Online

UK cab trade debate and advice
It is currently Fri Jan 22, 2021 11:28 pm

All times are UTC - 1 hour [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 4 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2020 6:51 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed May 16, 2012 5:33 am
Posts: 6811
Another piece from Warrington, but not related to the Delta thing.

Paper headlines on the soiling charge, but more important probably that no fare rise since 2014, and even this one quite modest. So probably won't make much difference to Warrington's position in the PHTM tables, which is apparently 325 out of 361, despite the town apparently being regarded as 'prosperous'.


Taxi customers who throw up in cabs set for bigger fine

https://www.warringtonguardian.co.uk/ne ... gger-fine/

COUNCILLORS have voted to increase the penalty for customers who vomit in the town’s taxis.

Warrington Borough Council’s taxi and other licensing committee considered four requests for a rise in the hackney carriage table of fares at its Town Hall meeting on Tuesday.

The last increase was back in 2014.

As of February 2020, the average fare in Warrington for a two-mile journey between 7am and 11pm totalled £5.20.

A price comparison chart compiled by Private Hire and Taxi Monthly ranked the borough number 325 out of 361 authorities in the UK.

Cabbie Dave Hatton, who proposed a tariff increase and an annual review of the fares, said: “It is quite embarrassing really, as Warrington is seen as a prosperous town, to be 325 out of as many as there is.”

“It’s quite a sad situation.”

The committee was told a joint proposal put forward by the four cabbies, following discussions between them, would result in an average percentage increase in fares of around seven per cent, with the fouling charge rising from £30 to £50.

Councillors were also informed about drivers experiencing people having too much to drink on Friday and Saturday nights in the town – and that the smell from sick ‘does not go away instantly’ and can stop drivers ‘working for a couple of days’.

The committee voted to increase the fares and fouling charge. It also backed the proposal for an annual tariff review.

The council is now required to publish a public notice detailing the proposed variations.

The changes will come into force if no objections are submitted.

If objections are received, the committee must consider them and decide whether to bring the changes into force, with or without modifications, within two months of the expiry of the objection period.

The fare increase will only apply to the town’s hackney carriages and not private hire vehicles.

A council spokesman added: “Private hire vehicles cannot charge more than the current tariff but they can choose to charge less.”

Following the committee meeting, Sagheer Zaman, who was among the four cabbies, said: “The trade have requested this due to increases in insurance premiums, the living wage and licensing fees over the years.”


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2020 6:51 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed May 16, 2012 5:33 am
Posts: 6811
Quote:
Councillors were also informed about drivers experiencing people having too much to drink on Friday and Saturday nights in the town...

Who knew? :-s

Quote:
The fare increase will only apply to the town’s hackney carriages and not private hire vehicles.

A council spokesman added: “Private hire vehicles cannot charge more than the current tariff but they can choose to charge less.”

](*,) OK, so even assuming PHVs in Warrington have meters fitted and set at the HC tariff, that would make them no different to HCs, which of course can 'choose to charge less'. Totally misleading statement [-(

But if the modest HC tariffs reflect those charged in the combined Warrington market generally, then probably indicates that Delta (or Uber) wouldn't find it as easy to penetrate the market than elsewhere.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:44 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed May 16, 2012 5:33 am
Posts: 6811
Not sure if it's the best time for this, even despite there being no rise since 2014, and this thing was in motion before lockdown in March.

On the other hand, not entirely clear when or even if this will be implemented - looks like a public consultation is still required, then it has to be approved by cabinet.


Councillors back taxi fares increase

https://www.warringtonguardian.co.uk/ne ... -increase/

COUNCILLORS have backed an increase in taxi fares in the town.

In March, the council’s taxi and other licensing committee considered four requests for a rise in the hackney carriage table of fares. The last increase was back in 2014.

As of February 2020, the average fare in Warrington was £5.20.

Compared to all 361 authorities in the UK, this ranks Warrington at number 325 – in the price comparison chart compiled by Private Hire and Taxi Monthly.

The committee was told a joint proposal put forward by four members of the taxi trade would result in an average percentage increase in fares of around seven per cent, with the fouling charge rising from £30 to £50.

The committee voted to increase the fares and fouling charge. It also backed the proposal for an annual tariff review.

However, due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the trade acknowledged it was not the right time to consult on changes to the tariff during the initial lockdown.

But amended fare tariffs came before the committee during its virtual meeting on Tuesday and they were approved. They would result in an average increase of seven per cent.

Sagheer Zaman, a member of the taxi trade, welcomed the decision.

He said: “This is excellent news for the taxi trade in Warrington. The last fare increase came back in April 2014.

“Due to inflation, the living wage, petrol and insurance costs, this was needed.

“Work during the pandemic virtually fell flat on its face, we had no customers from stations and business parks with a lot of people working from home.

“There was no night-time economy too – drivers have had to rely on Government grants.”

The committee recommended the fare increase for a decision by the council’s cabinet and approved a public consultation on the changes.

The fare increase would only apply to the town’s hackney carriages and not private hire vehicles.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 7:29 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Wed Sep 03, 2003 6:30 pm
Posts: 46959
Location: 1066 Country
It's a lose lose option for the trade.

Do have sympathy for the trade and the council, but maybe if blame was to be apportioned it should be aimed at those that allowed no increase to happen for the years pre covid.

_________________
IDFIMH


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 4 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 1 hour [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 65 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group