Taxi Fare Increase Public Consultation 2022

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Consultation opened on 12 August 2022. Closing date 07 October 2022 at 23:59.

Summary

The Department is inviting the public, the taxi industry, both operators and drivers, plus relevant stakeholders, including the Consumer Council, to provide their views on proposals to potentially increase the maximum taxi fare tariff across the North.

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Consultation description

Officials within the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) are in the process of undertaking a 2022 review of the current maximum taxi fare with a view to potentially implementing an increase. The review has considered a number of costs, including fuel and labour, insurance, vehicle tax and the cost of depot rent. Benchmarking with other jurisdictions has also been carried out.

Given the difficult environment the taxi industry are currently operating in the DfI Minister wants to support the industry where he can. The impact of the Ukraine war with unprecedented fuel costs and high inflation hitting driver labour and operating costs, plus the decreasing number of drivers, are all having a heavy impact on the industry.

In considering an increase to the maximum fare the Minister wants to support drivers and operators in their ability to earn a fair income and an increase may go some way to encouraging new drivers into the taxi industry. However there needs to be balance against the needs of taxi customers, including vulnerable passengers. The Minister is mindful that the citizens of the North are in a cost of living crisis and many are struggling to meet day to day costs and so they are not in a position to incur increased taxi fares.

The Department believes this is an important economic and societal issue and would encourage all those with a vested interest to contribute to this consultation process. Once the responses to the consultation have been analysed, officials will provide a report to the Minister for consideration.

Ways to respond

Email -
TaxiFareReview@infrastructure-ni.gov.uk
Write to -
Vehicle Policy Branch
Safe and Accessible Travel Division
Department for Infrastructure
Clarence Court
10/18 Adelaide Street
Town Parks
Belfast
BT2 8GB

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