Hackney Cardiff taxi fare increase in Cardiff approved
HACKNEY taxi fares in Cardiff will rise after the drivers’ proposals are approved at a council meeting.
On Thursday June 23, Cardiff Council Cabinet agreed to a request by the Cardiff Hackney Alliance and Unite for a number of price increases, including for the starting fare to be raised from £2.50 to £3.50 £.
Other proposals in the app include an increase in the waiting time charge from 20p for 48 seconds to 30p for 30 seconds, and an increase in the charge for soiling the vehicle from £50 to £60.
The increase in the cost of fares and fares was requested to support taxi drivers with the rising cost of living and the additional costs of the taxi business, such as fuel, which has also increased sharply.
Cllr De’Ath, who called the proposed increase “fair”, said: “Taxis are a very important part of Cardiff’s transport mix.
“If you don’t have a car, taking a taxi is an important way to get around the city.
“And with Covid it’s been a really tough time for taxi drivers.”
This is the first time there has been an increase in transport fares from Hackney to Cardiff since March 2018. The app also offered separate fares for different times of the day and days of the week:
- Tariff 1 for usual day trips during the week;
- Rate 2 for weekday evenings and daytime weekends;
- Rate 3 for weekday nights, weekend evenings and public holidays.
Another proposal in the application included a price increment increase of 10p to 20p to be charged depending on which fare the customer is traveling on – for fare 1 the increment would be charged every 170 metres, for fare 2, every 150 meters and for tariff 3, every 130 meters.
While Cllr Adrian Robson praised the different fare rates for different times of day and acknowledged that the fare increase had not been reviewed for a number of years, he said he believed some of the price increases were a bit high.
He said: “Some of them are going up by a third and I think that’s too much, especially in one go at the moment.
“I look at the wider economy, I look at where it puts us with other cities in the picture and what interests me in particular is how it relates to our neighboring authorities.”
Cardiff is currently 161st in the two-mile fare league table out of 358 local authorities, as reported in the March 2022 edition of Private Hire & Taxi Monthly. The increase will move Cardiff to 10th place.
Cllr Robson added: ‘I don’t want to see a situation where you get…drivers from other local authorities coming to ply their trade, whether rightly or wrongly, and a number of us have spent time to the public protection committee and we saw that.
“I’m just a little concerned that it may actually damage our Cardiff taxis in a way that may not be intentional.”
Cllr Robson also asked what would happen when petrol prices start to fall again.
Cllr De’Ath replied “there is always this tension between fair treatment of trade and fair treatment of customers”.
He added: “In Cardiff if the fares are too high people have other options like Uber and now there are a lot of players in the market.
“We think proportionately that’s about right. I can’t imagine things changing significantly in terms of gasoline prices in the coming months and I think high inflation will unfortunately be with us for quite a while, but we can always review things at the future.
Cardiff Council Leader Cllr Huw Thomas noted the rising cost of fuel seen in recent months and said: ‘I think what we are seeing is council going through this process just as we talk and in turn raises their rates.
“It seems like a balanced proposal to me, especially in response to the time since the last increase as well.”