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Below inflation increase to taxi fares

06/02/2013

TfL press release.

Transport for London’s (TfL) board today agreed a below inflation taxi fare increase for the coming financial year (2013/14).

The 1.7 per cent average increase is the lowest in the decade that TfL has been licensing taxis.

The new fares seek a balance between maintaining income levels for drivers while ensuring passengers still get a fair price for the high quality and unique service provided by the capital’s taxi drivers.

This year both fuel prices and operating costs have increased, raising the costs associated with driving a taxi.

The Board approved the new fares following consultation by TfL with the taxi trade and others, including London TravelWatch, Age UK, London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, London Boroughs, London Assembly and London MPs.

John Mason, TfL’s Director of Taxi and Private Hire, said: “Taxi fares are reviewed annually and in making a recommendation we take into account a range of factors that include taxi drivers’ running costs including vehicle costs, parts and fuel. This year’s increase is the lowest for ten years and seeks to cover increases in the cost of running a black cab while continuing to provide passengers with value for money.”

The Board also approved changes to taxi fares for journeys starting at Heathrow and the extension of a special provision linked to diesel prices.

To help compensate the upfront charge that drivers have to pay when entering the Heathrow feeder ranks, which is increasing in April, an additional charge known as the ‘Heathrow Extra’ is added to passenger’s Heathrow fares. This ‘Heathrow Extra’ will increase by 80 pence, taking it from £2.40 to £3.20.

Since July 2008 a special provision has been in place to allow taxi fares to be increased if diesel costs reach a specified level. To date this provision has not been implemented. The Board approved an extension of this provision for the coming year. Therefore a 40 pence increase to all taxi fares will be implemented if diesel reaches 179.7 pence per litre.

A final change will see the automation of the £4.00 charge added to fares over the festive period (20:00 on 24 December to 06:00 on 27 December and 20:00 on 31 December to 06:00 on 2 January) –previously this set charge was added manually by the driver.

Taxi fares are reviewed annually and calculated by TfL based on a cost index that has been used since 1981. The new fares will come into effect from Saturday 6 April 2013.

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