Updated: Oct 12, 2022
The Cardiff taxi trade are halfway through a ‘MAMMOTH’ four-day tariff update programme being held at the County Hall which has attracted huge volumes of cabs on day one.
Earlier this month Cardiff Council gave the green light to increase cab fares by between 18% and 41% on journeys within the city, after an alternative proposal made by Dragon Taxis was rejected.
The rises were proposed by Cardiff Council's Cabinet in June and were passed this week at a Council Cabinet meeting on Wednesday 28 September. Sharp increases in fuel costs and second-hand cars have pushed the need for a first increase since 2018.
A large number of taxis turned up on day one of the meter updates being run by DHM Taximeters alongside Unite Union.
A DHM Taximeters spokesperson said after the first day of meter updates: “Thank you all for your patience Yesterday during the hackney updates, we are back again at 10am this morning at County Hall for day 2 till 10pm.
“Working closely with Unite, supporting drivers in Cardiff and Rhondda Cynon Taf with their recent hackney updates.”
Cabbies who were unable to update their meters at the weekend can still do so today and tomorrow by visiting the County Hall Park and Ride between 8am-6pm. All supplied tariffs are automatic/calendar controlled to assist with the new 3 tiered tariff structure.
Which taxi meters can be updated at the County Hall?
DHM and One Stop Garage will be at County Hall for Aquila, Cygnus, Viking and Digitax updates.
Cygnus MR200,320, 350 and Viking 4 meters cannot be updated. The Halda M12 meter can be updated by meter specialist located in Ely and Capital Cabs.
What has changed in this meter update?
The maximum charge for a 10-mile journey between 5am and 8pm, Monday to Friday, would rise by 18.1%, from £20.40 to £24.10. The same distance on weekday evenings (8pm-10pm) and between 5am and 10pm on Saturdays and Sundays would cost £26.70, a rise of 30.1% on the current charge of £20.40. On any day between 10pm and 5am, and all day on Bank Holidays, a 10-mile journey would rise by 41.6%, from £21.40 to £30.30.