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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2021 1:35 pm 
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This is complicated by the fact that it looks like an amalgamation of two separate fare zones :?


Taunton and Minehead area taxi fares to rise in December

https://www.somersetcountygazette.co.uk ... -december/

TAXI fares in the Taunton and Minehead areas are set to rise ahead of the Christmas rush.

The new maximum fare rates are subject to public consultation but are scheduled to come into effect from Tuesday, December 7.

The proposed increase is the first in more than nine years and follows a request from a taxi business.

The new tariffs will apply to Taunton Deane and West Somerset, where there are currently two different rates.

The new charges will be felt more acutely in West Somerset, where taxi rates are currently cheaper than in and around Taunton.

A spokesperson for Somerset West and Taunton Council said: "We are proposing to increase the maximum fares that taxi drivers can charge for the first time in over nine years and as required by law, are consulting the public.

"All the separate charges are shown in a ‘tariff’. The driver of a taxi cannot charge more than the tariff but can charge less if they wish.

"There are currently two different tariffs in Somerset West and Taunton, for the two former districts of Taunton Deane and West Somerset.

"These tariffs have not changed since 2010 and 2011 respectively.

"Our proposal to increase the current fares follows a request from a taxi business.

"We are proposing to replace the two existing tariffs with one, for the whole of the Somerset West and Taunton.

"The proposed fares will come into force if there are no objections once the consultation is finished.

"Anyone can object to the proposed new tariff, by responding to our consultation."

The proposed table of fares is:

    • First 400 yards: £2.60.
    • For each completed 140 yards: £0.20.
    • Waiting time (each completed 35 seconds): £0.20.
    • Soiling charge: £100.00.
    • For hirings commencing between 10pm and 7am: +50% (time and a half).
    • For Saturdays and Sundays: +50%.
    • For all Public and Bank Holidays: +100% (double time).
    • Christmas Eve and New Years Eve from 6pm: +50%.
    • In excess of 4 passengers at any point during the hire: +50%.
    • In excess of 4 passengers between 10pm and 7am: +100%.
    • In excess of 4 passengers on a Saturday, Sunday, Bank holiday or Public holiday: +100%.

Here are some examples of journeys to help demonstrate the difference between existing fares and the proposed fares.

    2 mile journey on a Monday afternoon: This would come to £7.20. That is £1 more than it would cost currently in Taunton Deane and £1.40 more than in West Somerset.

    2 mile journey in the early hours of Sunday morning: This would come to £10.80. That is £1.50 more than it would cost currently in Taunton Deane and £2.10 more than in West Somerset.

    2 mile journey on a Bank Holiday: This would come to £14.40. That is £1 more than it would cost currently in Taunton Deane and £2.80 more than in West Somerset.

    5 mile journey on a Monday afternoon: This would come to £14.60. That is £1.80 more than it would cost currently in Taunton Deane and £3 more than in West Somerset.

    5 mile journey in the early hours of Sunday morning: This would come to £21.90. That is £2.70 more than it would cost currently in Taunton Deane and £4.50 more than in West Somerset.

    5 mile journey on a Bank Holiday: This would come to £29.20. That is £3.60 more than it would cost currently in Taunton Deane and £6 more than in West Somerset.

It should be noted these fares do not include any waiting time.

HAVE YOUR SAY: To take part in the consultation, click here.


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• For hirings commencing between 10pm and 7am: +50% (time and a half).
• In excess of 4 passengers at any point during the hire: +50%.

So assuming calander meters are used, what's to stop the driver abusing the calendar function by simply selecting the tariff for in excess of four passengers when only carrying 1-4?

(Might have posted this elsewhere in a recent relevant thread, but got annoyed playing 'find the thread' because of the nondescript thread titles :roll: )


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I wonder what the cover price of the gazette is in now, and how much it was in 2012.

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StuartW wrote:
(Might have posted this elsewhere in a recent relevant thread, but got annoyed playing 'find the thread' because of the nondescript thread titles :roll: )

Don’t beat yourself up over it, Stuart. I’ll come round and do it for you if you like!

£100 soiling charge? Good luck with that one boys.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2021 7:56 pm 
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We have had a £100 soiling charge on our Tariff table for a number of years.


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"These tariffs have not changed since 2010 and 2011 respectively.

If they have any trade reps down there, they should be replaced. ](*,)

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and have you ever tried to get a customer to pay it ?

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So assuming calander meters are used, what's to stop the driver abusing the calendar function by simply selecting the tariff for in excess of four passengers when only carrying 1-4?

Nothing, other than maybe a smack in the gob.

But I'm assuming only multi-seaters will get the multi-seater tariff.

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and have you ever tried to get a customer to pay it ?

Yes, successfully.

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We have had a £100 soiling charge on our Tariff table for a number of years.

Good for you and yours. Ever been paid it?

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Yes, several times.


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Never claimed it, personally. Better class of customers here.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2021 2:51 pm 
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jimbo wrote:
StuartW wrote:
(Might have posted this elsewhere in a recent relevant thread, but got annoyed playing 'find the thread' because of the nondescript thread titles :roll: )

Don’t beat yourself up over it, Stuart. I’ll come round and do it for you if you like!

How did you know one of the thread titles is 'Don't beat yourself up'? :badgrin:

But, seriously, you're trying to find a six-month old thread and come across titles like 'Don't beat yourself up'.

Is it about:

1 A fare rise in Peterborough?
2 A driver assault in Liverpool?
3 A council consultation in Thurrock?
4 Covid infection rates?

So you end up spending several minutes sifting through numerous threads to fine one that should only take seconds [-(


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Never claimed it, personally. Better class of customers here.

On a firm that does loads of account work it's easier to get.

Clearly trying to get that out of pi** heads at night is going to be a struggle. To say the least.

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Sussex wrote:
jimbo wrote:
Never claimed it, personally. Better class of customers here.

On a firm that does loads of account work it's easier to get.

Clearly trying to get that out of pi** heads at night is going to be a struggle. To say the least.


No it is not, Police act when called as it is a criminal offence to refuse to pay any charges on the tariff table.

We also have all road, tunnel and bridge tolls to be payed to and from destination by passengers.
This covers any airport drop off charges.


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