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National Transport Authority confirms taxi fares will increase by 12% on average from September

Taxi fares are set to rise by an average of 12 per cent from September of this year, the National Transport Authority (NTA) has announced.

On Friday, following public consultations which concluded on 27 May, the NTA Board met to consider the proposed National Maximum Taxi Fare increase and Small Public Service Vehicle (Cashless Payment Facility) Regulations.

The Board approved both the proposed increase of the National Maximum Taxi Fare and the Small Public Service Vehicle (Cashless Payment Facility) Regulations.

The 2022 Maximum Fare increase is a weighted average of 12 per cent to reflect what the NTA say is the increase in operating costs faced by taxi drivers, together with the introduction of the cashless payment facility mandate.

The cashless payment facility regulations will make it mandatory for all taxis to have an in-taxi point of sale cashless payment device and for cashless payments to be accepted for taxi journeys when requested by customers.

Both will be introduced in parallel and will take effect from 1 September 2022.

The rise in taxi fares marks the first increase since 2018, when the NTA permitted a 4.5 per cent increase to the maximum prices permitted. A review in 2019, which recommended further increases, was set to be implemented in 2020 but was deferred due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The transport authority said the recommendation to introduce card payment facilities in all cabs was also planned for implementation in early 2020, but was also deferred because of the pandemic.

The move to increase taxi fares follows lobbying from the taxi industry in relation to costs of insurance and fuel, both of which, it argues, have risen significantly since the last review in 2019.

According to the NTA, the overall the costs associated with operating a taxi increased between 2017 and 2022 by about 11 per cent.

An increase in maximum taxi fare levels to reflect this, accompanied by a further 1 per cent to cover the cost of cashless payment facilities, gives rise to the figure of 12 per cent.

Speaking in April, Anne Graham, CEO of the National Transport Authority, told RTE's Morning Ireland: "If you look back we haven't actually seen an increase in taxi fares since 2017/2018 so that's five years since there's been any increases on taxi fares.

"That represents about 2.5/3 per cent a year which is reasonable if you think about the increase in the cost of living over those years."

Ms Graham said the increase would also apply to fares at peak times in order to encourage drivers to make themselves available at unsociable hours.

She said: "What we are trying to do then is ensure that we have as many drivers available at the peak times, which is when people are looking for taxis, particularly at night time.

"So we've rebalanced the fares a little bit to ensure that there is more of a payment in the evening periods, in the premium period, to encourage more drivers to be available in those at those times."

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