Taxi drivers want to bump up fares

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BLACK cab taxi fares must increase to meet rising costs, drivers have told the city council.

A drivers’ group is seeking rises of about two per cent in line with inflation from March 25 and has won the support of a leading councillor.

The City of Oxford Licensed Taxicab Association (COLTA) has urged Oxford City Council to increase tariffs.

This would only affect black cab journeys in the city, as these are regulated by the city council. Fares last went up in 10 months ago.

In a report to the council, COLTA said drivers are being “pushed to the limits” by tough trading conditions and cost of fuel.

It adds: “Compare bus fare prices and car parking increases in Oxford and it soon becomes apparent how high the prices are in comparison to taxi fare increases.

“The past 17 months has been a tough period in terms of economic prosperity and this has impacted on COLTA members and other individuals who operate through the attainment of a specific licence to perform their duties on the road via Oxford City Council.”

In its budget for the next financial year, the city council is proposing to put up parking fees by as much as nine per cent.

COLTA’s plans would see journeys from 6am to 10pm Monday to Saturday go up by an average of 1.95 per cent.

For example, a five-mile journey would increase from £10.60 to £10.90.

The rest of the time fares would go up 1.81 per cent and about 2.09 per cent over Christmas and New Year.

Senior licensing officer Jill Cramer said a 2012 study found the city had the joint 39th most expensive daytime licensed cab fares.

The council’s general purposes licensing committee is considering the proposal today at 5.30pm at Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate’s.

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Chairman Colin Cook said: “It will be interesting to see what the rest of the committee think, but it looks to be in line with inflation so it is relatively small.

“I personally don’t think it will be that controversial and I am open to the prospect of it.”

A report to the councillors also recommends not increasing the annual licence fees paid by drivers.

If the council supports a fare increase, proposals will have to go to a public consultation.

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10:11am Tue 21 Jan 14

Bart_simpsonDoh says...

An extra 30p, no one should moan about that. to get home safely after a night out, bargin.
An extra 30p, no one should moan about that. to get home safely after a night out, bargin. Bart_simpsonDoh
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1:04pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Bart_simpsonDoh wrote:
An extra 30p, no one should moan about that. to get home safely after a night out, bargin.
That is true. Although it can be a touch irritating that the cost to get in the cab and sit in the queue to exit the railway station can be almost as much as a single bus fare...

Perhaps a 5% increase would be in order if the cabbies agreed not to start the clock until journeys commencing the railway station had passed the traffic lights onto Frideswide Square (or journeys commencing at Gloucester Green had entered George Street)?
[quote][p][bold]Bart_simpsonDoh[/bold] wrote: An extra 30p, no one should moan about that. to get home safely after a night out, bargin.[/p][/quote]That is true. Although it can be a touch irritating that the cost to get in the cab and sit in the queue to exit the railway station can be almost as much as a single bus fare... Perhaps a 5% increase would be in order if the cabbies agreed not to start the clock until journeys commencing the railway station had passed the traffic lights onto Frideswide Square (or journeys commencing at Gloucester Green had entered George Street)? Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 8

1:09pm Tue 21 Jan 14

King Joke says...

Why should they Andrew? Sitting in traffic costs them so why shouldn't they pass this cost on? If they were expected to absorb it they'd just put the mileage rate up.

As long as charges are agreed by a majority of drivers they should charge what they like - they have a right to earn a living like the rest of us.
Why should they Andrew? Sitting in traffic costs them so why shouldn't they pass this cost on? If they were expected to absorb it they'd just put the mileage rate up. As long as charges are agreed by a majority of drivers they should charge what they like - they have a right to earn a living like the rest of us. King Joke
  • Score: -5

4:13pm Tue 21 Jan 14

South Upper 87 says...

Petrol and Diesel prices are lower than twelve months ago, can't blame inflation there can they.
Petrol and Diesel prices are lower than twelve months ago, can't blame inflation there can they. South Upper 87
  • Score: 9

4:23pm Tue 21 Jan 14

King Joke says...

Dare I suggest they might have costs to bear other than fuel, both fixed and variable, that might still be going up? I'm no businessman but tax, insurance, servicing parts, servicing labour, City licensing costs are all borne by drivers. If the increases in these outstrip increases in revenue the driver takes home less.
Dare I suggest they might have costs to bear other than fuel, both fixed and variable, that might still be going up? I'm no businessman but tax, insurance, servicing parts, servicing labour, City licensing costs are all borne by drivers. If the increases in these outstrip increases in revenue the driver takes home less. King Joke
  • Score: -4

6:22pm Tue 21 Jan 14

JacobS says...

King Joke wrote:
Why should they Andrew? Sitting in traffic costs them so why shouldn't they pass this cost on? If they were expected to absorb it they'd just put the mileage rate up.

As long as charges are agreed by a majority of drivers they should charge what they like - they have a right to earn a living like the rest of us.
If the taxi drivers should collectively agree the price, the result will be a monopoly price (the higher price that results if all sales of a commodity are made by one company) rather than the market clearing price which is lower and means more sales take place but still guarantees a profit to the operators. Combine this cruel price-fixing with protectionist limits on new drivers getting licences and you have the current scam being perpetrated on Oxford residents. Not only Oxford though - it happens almost everywhere.
[quote][p][bold]King Joke[/bold] wrote: Why should they Andrew? Sitting in traffic costs them so why shouldn't they pass this cost on? If they were expected to absorb it they'd just put the mileage rate up. As long as charges are agreed by a majority of drivers they should charge what they like - they have a right to earn a living like the rest of us.[/p][/quote]If the taxi drivers should collectively agree the price, the result will be a monopoly price (the higher price that results if all sales of a commodity are made by one company) rather than the market clearing price which is lower and means more sales take place but still guarantees a profit to the operators. Combine this cruel price-fixing with protectionist limits on new drivers getting licences and you have the current scam being perpetrated on Oxford residents. Not only Oxford though - it happens almost everywhere. JacobS
  • Score: 4

7:00am Wed 22 Jan 14

King Joke says...

If you want a clearing price, get a minicab. Black cab drivers expect a higher return as the costs of buying and running a black cab are significantly higher. You could always look at raising the number of licences I suppose, but in the main Oxford's taxi service works well. Black cabs are a luxury and it's hardly 'cruel' to regulate the system to keep standards high. If you're that hard up, get a bus or walk.

I travel to cities where black cabs are less regulated, and trust me you wouldn't want to ride around in the rubbish they license else
where. Peugeot E7 van conversion? No thanks!
wouldn't want to ride around in some of the rubbish that is licensed else where.
If you want a clearing price, get a minicab. Black cab drivers expect a higher return as the costs of buying and running a black cab are significantly higher. You could always look at raising the number of licences I suppose, but in the main Oxford's taxi service works well. Black cabs are a luxury and it's hardly 'cruel' to regulate the system to keep standards high. If you're that hard up, get a bus or walk. I travel to cities where black cabs are less regulated, and trust me you wouldn't want to ride around in the rubbish they license else where. Peugeot E7 van conversion? No thanks! wouldn't want to ride around in some of the rubbish that is licensed else where. King Joke
  • Score: -4

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