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Taxi fares frozen as money gets tight

It’s our early Xmas gift, say drivers, after Mayor backs hackney campaign

Published on November 7th 2012.


Taxi fares frozen as money gets tight

 

THERE will be no rise in Liverpool’s taxi fares this year after drivers decided they would not be applying for an increase in charges.
The decision comes two days after the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, launched a campaign backing the advantages of using hackney cabs.
 
Representatives of the city’s hackney cabs can make an annual application for the fares to be reviewed but have decided that because of the economic situation they would not be seeking any rise this year.
 
Last year the fares increased by between 20p and 30p, the first rise for three years.
Pinch
 
The decision was welcomed by Mayor Joe:  “The drivers are to be congratulated on not trying to increase the burden on people in these difficult economic times. Despite being under financial pressures themselves they have clearly recognised that a lot of people are struggling to make ends meet and this gesture will be appreciated.”
 
Terry Stockton, the taxi trade representative, said: “With Christmas coming a lot of our customers are going to be feeling the pinch this year and we did not think it was right that we should be asking for a fare rise.
 
“Like every other business we have faced increased costs but we have decided not to pass them on to our customers- we know this would cause real difficulties for those who rely on hackney cabs. It’s our early present to those people who support the taxi trade!”  

 

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12 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousNovember 7th 2012.

Delta from town to where I live: £5. Hackney to where I live: 9.50. I don't care whether they put their prices up or not. You have to be a mug, or very desperate, to get inside one of these mobile fleecing machines.

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Joseph BaxiNovember 9th 2012.

If a Hackney can get you home for £9.50 it's probably an easy walk.

AnonymousNovember 13th 2012.

I tried to flag down five last night at about 1930hrs in Prescot Street, all with their 'available' lights on. All passed by without even slowing down. Aren't they obliged by law to pick up? If they flout the licensing rules so easily, why should we support them?

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Perplexed PedallerNovember 24th 2012.

Yes, I believe that they are supposed to stop by law.

AnonymousNovember 13th 2012.

I got charged £9 for lime street to the echo arena whats that a mile at best?

Joseph BaxiNovember 13th 2012.

Lazy get - you could easily have walked it in twenty minutes AND it's all downhill.

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AnonymousNovember 15th 2012.

I had bags as did a colleague - mind you she also had heals... could be the problem

Joseph BaxiNovember 24th 2012.

Ah, you have my sympathies. And it's not as if you can get a bus anywhere useful these days.
There was a time when buses used to go to popular destinations in the city, but no more.

Perplexed PedallerNovember 24th 2012.

Thanks to the poor planning, labyrinthine one-way systems, blocked streets and whimsical pedestrianisation you can't go directly across the city centre even on a bike; well not legally anyway.

A. E. C. RegentNovember 14th 2012.

The problem is that in town nowadays it's either walk or get a taxi.
Buses don't go through town any more, at least not the bits you'd want to go to, or even the Pier Head! They are just useless.

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AnonymousNovember 15th 2012.

It's the total obsession with pedestrianisation. They should re-open Church St and Lord St to two way traffic, tell Grosvenor to sod off with his pay me to stop here bus terminal and make all the buses go to the Pier Head again. Plenty of space if they knoiwck down those hideous black glass structures and the museum of cheap finishes.

A. E. C. RegentNovember 15th 2012.

I remember the days you could get off a bus outside Woolworths on Church street, arriving fresh as a daisy to start your shopping.

That useless 'bus-station-that-isn't' off Strand Street is poorly-designed, is in the wrong place and is downright ugly.

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