Taxi operators in East Lothian are pushing for a 20% increase in cab fares, citing the need for ‘survival’ in the industry.
The last fare adjustment took place in 2019, and now taxi drivers claim that it is crucial to finally implement an increase.
East Lothian Council's licensing sub-committee is set to discuss the proposition at an upcoming meeting this week. The current charges have remained unchanged for several years, prompting taxi operators to argue for the much-needed adjustment.
High interest rates and rapid inflation had caused operating costs like fuel, insurance and vehicle costs to spiral.
As reported by Edinburgh Live, a review of the existing taxi fares has garnered support from two representations made on behalf of local taxi firms, advocating for the proposed increase.
If approved by the committee, the 20% increase will also extend to the car valet charge of £120, also known as a soiling charge, which will apply if customers misuse the vehicle.