The Committee considered the proposed Hackney
Carriage fare tariff changes.
An initial proposal for a 55% increase was
referred back to the Taxi Drivers’ Association in February,
and a final proposal from the Association for an increase ranging
from 20-22%, depending on distance, was brought before Committee as
‘Proposal Two’ had been received
from the Proprietor or Cathedral/Central Taxis in Worcester,
suggesting an increase ranging from 43-54%, depending on
The Committee were asked to consider both
proposals. Committee Members noted that the Council’s
position in the local league table of taxi fares was bound to
change over the coming months as other Local Authorities reviewed
In reaching a decision, the Committee were
mindful to balance the requirements of drivers with those of
regular taxi users, which included some of the most vulnerable
members of the community.
Officers acknowledged that the current
approach to reviewing fares was reactive upon receiving proposals
from the Association, in common with most other Local Authorities.
Officers were considering moving to an annual tariff review to be
brought before Committee each October. Committee Members suggested
that additional benchmarking data would be helpful in informing
Committee members were aware that inflation
over the 5 years since the previous increase totalled approximately
14%, and therefore Proposal One for a 20% increase was considered
to be a realistic proposal, taking into account the needs of
drivers and public.
Committee members voiced their support for
Proposal One and recognised the need for a thriving taxi trade in
the City. Drivers were asked to continue to use their discretion to
assist the more vulnerable members of the community.
1 Notes the
submission of a formal request from Worcester City
Taxi Trade members and Worcester City taxi drivers, to
review the Council’s hackney carriage fare tariff as set out
within the report.
2 Has determined
and agreed from the information presented
within the report to instruct officers
statutory process for consultation on Option 1.
authority to the Corporate Director Operations,
Homes & Communities in consultation with Chair & Vice Chair
to consider any feedback from the
consultation process on
Option 1 and implement a revised fare tariff.