Edinburgh taxi fares set to increase by up to 20 per cent, with two mile trip costing up to £9.60
Edinburgh taxi fares set to rise by 20 per cent
Taxi fares in Edinburgh will increase by up to 20 per cent to keep up with inflation and the rising cost of running a vehicle, the council has confirmed.
Councillors have agreed to the price hike, which would also impact private hire vehicles. It follows a review, carried out by consultants Jacobs on behalf of Edinburgh City Council, which recommended raising the maximum fare cap in light of a 14.2 per cent increase in inflation. A report said engagement with local cab firms found the running costs associated with operating a taxi had also “significantly increased”. As a result, the maximum fare from Monday to Friday will rise by 20 per cent.
In practice, this means the most a cabbie will be able to charge for a two-mile journey in Edinburgh from 6am to 6pm on weekdays (tariff 1) will increase from £7 to £8.40. The maximum fare for a two-mile trip from 6pm to 6am on weekdays (tariff 2) will rise from £8 to £9.60.
Meanwhile, a 15 per cent increase has been applied to tariffs 3 and 4 which cover the Christmas and new year period. Tariff 3 is Monday to Friday 6am to 6pm over Christmas and New Year, and the increase will see the maximum charge for a two mile journey going from £9.25 to £10.63. Tariff 4 is operational all day on Christmas Day and New Years Day, with the change meaning the maximum charge for two mile journey will rise from £11.75 to £13.50.
The changes were unanimously approved by the council’s regulatory committee on Monday (February 6). The price hike is expected to come into force later this year, though no official date has yet been set. A report said: “The second stage of the process requires that the proposed fare scale be advertised for a period of not less than one month, to allow for representations. Following this, a further report will be brought back to committee for consideration, and if appropriate, approval.
“The fare structure will have a direct impact on residents or visitors to the city using a taxi. If the taxi trade has a concern about the council’s decision on the new fare scales, taxi licence holders may appeal that decision individually or as a group, including any decision not to implement an increase in the fare scales.”
Jacobs also recommended, following consultation with the trade, that card payment machines are made mandatory in all taxis. However, the report noted the council does not have the power to do this. It said: “It unclear whether the council legally has the power to require the acceptance of card payments as a condition of licence and if committee decides to consider such a condition, then a full consultation process would be required prior to doing so, and also evidence for the need to impose such a condition.”