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North Tyneside cab drivers call for an increase in fares

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Taxi prices in North Tyneside could be about to rise as Hackney cab drivers call on the council to increase fare costs.

In February 2017, prices were increased to a maximum cost of £2.56 per mile, however the North Tyneside Hackney Carriage Association has asked for this to be increased to £2.94.

If the proposals are approved, taxi drivers would have the following two tariffs.

Tariff one would see the flag fare increase from £1.60 to £1.80, with it increasing every 213 yards or 53 seconds.

Tariff two would see fares go up every 182 yards or 51 seconds, with the flag fare starting at £2.60.

Taxi drivers say that the last review was out of date by the time the changes were made and that the costs of running a taxi have increased.

In a report to North Tyneside Council, the chairman of the North Tyneside Hackney Carriage Association said: “I was requested by the members to request another review as recent review was based on figures at least eight months out of date.

“Insurance, vehicle repairs and not least fuel costs have all increased dramatically, the cost of V power diesel is now £1.40 per litre which most proprietors use as it lowers emissions significantly.”

If the councillors approve the changes, a public consultation would need to be held before any final decision is made.