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Watford taxi drivers and users consulted on potential 19% meter increase across all tariffs

Watford Borough Council are consulting on proposed changes to taxi fares, following a request from the Watford Hackney Carriage Drivers’ Association to review the current tariff.

If supported, the tariffs could move in line with inflation by 19 percent across all taxi tariffs.

The consultations, which are a statutory requirement, will be available to complete from 3 February to 17 February 2023.

Opinions are being invited from the taxi trade, general public and anybody with an interest in taxis, on the review of the tariff, which has not been revised since 2017.

Cllr Richard Wenham, Chair of the Licensing Committee, said: “The council recognizes the significant impact that the cost of living crisis is having on individuals and families, which prompted us to declare a state of emergency on this issue. However, we also acknowledge that the taxi industry and its drivers are similarly affected by this crisis.

“In response, the taxi trade has formally requested that the council conduct a comprehensive consultation on the taxi tariff. The council is committed to considering the perspectives and feedback of all stakeholders, and as such, we encourage members of the public to voice their opinions. By conducting this consultation, the council will be better equipped to make an informed decision when reviewing the taxi tariff.”


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