New taxi fares for those operating in the Mid Suffolk area have been approved by councillors which will see the basic day time rate increase by 60p.
The new table of fares for Hackney Carriages will come into effect on July 27 with the basic rate for day time fares increasing by 60p to £3.40, while night rates rise from a £3.40 to £4 starting rate and apply between 11pm and 7am.
All tariffs will cost an additional 20p for subsequent yards or time beyond the starting rate.
This follows a public consultation in March this year, which received one response, and approval by Mid Suffolk Licensing and Regulatory Committee on June 5.
Jessica Fleming, Mid Suffolk District Council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “Our taxi drivers are facing increased costs to keep their vehicles on the road, and we need to bring our fares up to rates in line with current inflation. This review of our taxi fares was well overdue, with this being the first increase in the table of fares since 2011.
“By regularly reviewing the table of fares every three years in the future, we can ensure they offer the best value for both taxi operators and customers and that fares reflect business operating costs,enabling carriers to realise a reasonable profit from the valuable service that they provide.”
The table of fares will now be reviewed on a three yearly basis, in line with recommended government best practice and to ensure the rates are in line with the current economic climate.
A review of Mid Suffolk’s current Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing Policy is expected to take place later in the year, with future green initiatives including electric vehicle charging also being explored as part of the councils climate change ambitions.