Taxi fares in East Devon set to rise by 10 per cent

Taxi cabs parked up on a street
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Hackney carriage fares are set to increase by 10 per cent in East Devon to reflect a rise in costs that are having to be met by taxi companies. The new charges are due to come into force on June 6 following a consultation period.

East Devon District Council's (EDDC) Licensing and Enforcement Committee agreed a new table of maximum fares for hackney carriage vehicles licensed by the council at its meeting on May 8. The new fares reflect an increase of approximately 10 per cent to all tariffs and extras.

The proposed changes seek to balance journey costs and the need for drivers to earn a sufficient income. Rising vehicle maintenance costs, higher insurance premiums, increased road tax expenses, and escalating prices of second-hand vehicles are said to be some of the factors impacting the taxi industry.

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Councillor Joe Whibley, chair of EDDC’s Licensing Committee, said: "The committee has to balance making taxi journeys affordable for the public with the simple truth that the cost of operating a taxi is not protected from the huge rises in the cost of living we have all experienced in recent times.

"By permitting firms to raise their maximum fare, but limiting that rise to 10 per cent, we think that balance has been struck."

Any objections, together with the grounds on which they are made, must be made in writing and received no later than midnight on Wednesday, June 5. The address is: The Interim Chief Executives’ Office, c/o The Licensing Team, East Devon District Council, Blackdown House, Honiton, EX14 1EJ, or objections can be emailed to licensing@eastdevon.gov.uk