Thurrock Conservatives have forced the councils Labour administration to rethink plans for massive increases in taxi charges calling them unjustified.
Wednesday’s Licensing Committee heard of plans to increase the charges for some licenses by up to 1000%. Vice chair of the committee, Tunde Ojetola, said “Thurrock Conservatives have been pushing for this service to be self funding for a number of years.
The plans put in front of us had merit and it is clear that the charges for administering and issuing taxi and other licences must be borne from the applicants, not the Council Tax payer. However plans to introduce yearly applications just ties the Council and applicants up in red tape. Any increase could not be agreed as supporting figures could not be justified and that was not acceptable.”
Following a new recommendation from fellow Conservative Cllr Rob Gledhill, it was agreed that Council officers would return with figures to justify any proposed increases before the committee sits in July. In addition they were also instructed to bring proposals for a phased implementation program for any increases. The proposals were agreed by all Conservatives at the meeting with most Labour members voting against it.