Falkirk taxi fares 'should not be increased' as costs continue to rise

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An annual review of taxi fares in Falkirk is recommending that fares should not be increased this year.

Last year saw a hefty hike in fares and other charges in response to sharply rising costs for the trade.

But at a meeting of Falkirk Council 's executive today (Tuesday), councillor Stacey Devine, the SNP portfolio holder, said that after consulting the local taxi drivers' forum there was "no appetite" for any further increases this year.

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The review looked at the rise in fuel prices and at information from the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero.

Its figures show that on May 20, 2024 diesel was, on average, 2p per litre more expensive and petrol 3p per litre higher than when the last tariff review was concluded in December 2023.

The figures also show that a typical price paid for comprehensive motor insurance in the first quarter of 2024 was £635, marking a 1 per cent increase on the previous quarter.

The wider taxi trade will have a chance to comment on the recommendation.

If challenged, the decision will return to the executive but if not, tariffs will remain unchanged from October for a further year.

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