Royal Borough councillors stand by taxi tariff changes

Royal Borough councillors stand by taxi tariff changes

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Simon Meechan

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Councillors decided to stick with changes made to taxi tariffs and agreed to look into punishing cabbies for waiting in restricted parking areas at a Royal Borough licensing panel held last night.

The changes to the pricing system see fares rise by 20p every 200 yards instead of 21p every 220 yards.

The panel initially agreed on the new tariff in April to give taxi drivers a three per cent raise - their first since November 2011.

The new tariff is due to apply from August 18

But the new scheme drew criticism from Hackney carriage drivers.

Mr Mohammed Yasin lodged a complaint that drivers will get less over some distances.

A report heard by the borough’s licensing panel last night included the calculations he used.

However Cllr David Hilton (Ascot and Cheapside) noticed those figures were based on the fare increasing every 210 yards, instead of 200.

He said: “When you substitute 200 yards you get remarkably different results.”

He pointed out that over a three-mile distance the fare will be £7.20, not the £7 shown on the calculations Mr Yasin used.

The panel then decided to keep the proposed tariff.

At the same meeting councillors agreed to open consultation on punishing taxi drivers for waiting in their cars in no parking areas.

Hackney carriage drivers are disciplined on a points system, when they have 12 points on their licence they are called in for a meeting with the licensing panel.

Currently they can not be given points for parking infringements.

They also agreed to consult on giving six points for a driver who does not disclose a previous conviction.

Currently drivers receive three points for not letting the borough know they have previous convictions.

The meeting took place at Maidenhead Town Hall.

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