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Taxi fares are set to increase in Worthing

Friday, July 29th, 2022 7:43pm

By Jessica Hubbard - Local Democracy Reporter

Worthing Borough Council’s Licensing and Control Committee will discussed a potential increase to taxi fares on Tuesday (26 July).

No reason has been given for the fare rise but it could be linked to increased fuel costs which hit cabbies particularly hard. The last increase was in February 2021 and 20 drivers – or around a third of licensed drivers in the borough – have supported the latest proposals.

What are the proposed changes? 

There are four main kinds of tariff depending on how many passengers are travelling, the time they travel, and if it is a public or bank holiday.
If the proposed changes are accepted, the main day fare for up to four passengers will cost a minimum of £3.50 (up from £3.00) and the cost for distance travelled will also increase slightly.

The minimum night-time rate will increase from £4.00 to £4.50. This cost will also apply if travel takes place during a public or bank holiday or if there are five or more passengers travelling during the day.

The night time and public holiday fare for more than five people sharing a taxi could rise to a minimum of £7.00, up from £6.00.

The minimum fare for five or more people travelling during the festive period will increase to £8.00 from £7.00 between 8pm on Christmas Eve and 6am on December 27, and from 8pm on New Year’s Eve until 6am on January 2.

The maximum soiling charge – which passengers face if they make a mess in the vehicle – will remain at £100.

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