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New taxi fares agreed in Thurrock

TAXI drivers in Thurrock will soon be able to charge higher fares after Thurrock Council’s Licensing Committee unanimously agreed the move on Thursday (11 October) evening.

The last time fares for hackney carriages – taxis you can hail from the road or from a rank and have roof lights with yellow licence plates and stickers – went up in the borough was four years ago, in August 2008. The new fares will be available from Thursday, 1 November.

Speaking after the meeting, committee chair, Cllr Mike Stone, said: “Two of the three taxi trae associations in Thurrock asked for this rise, which seems fair enough after a four year wait and the increasing costs of running a vehicle – plus we increased licensing fees last year.

“The rise is quite reasonable, 50p on the basic, initial charge or tariff and no rise after that. There is a separate rate that can be applied when five or more passengers are being carried.”

He added: “These are maximum charges and must be shown on the meter, but there is nothing stopping the taxi drivers from charging less, or asking for a fare below that shown.”

The committee was told there are 98 registered taxi vehicles in Thurrock and 202 licensed drivers. These new fares do not apply to private hire vehicles which are booked for trips.

There are three charging rates in Thurrock, the basic one, one for trips between 11pm and 7am Monday to Saturday and all day Sunday and most bank holidays, and the third around Christmas and New Year.

Members of the public can report hackney carriage drivers that charge over the fare displayed on the meter or drivers who do not use the meter by emailing licensing@thurrock.gov.uk or calling 01375 652187.

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