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Guildford taxi fares reduced

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Guildford taxi fares reduced

Published at 8:21am 13th December 2017. (Updated at 2:14pm 13th December 2017)

From next week catching a cab in Guildford is going to be cheaper.

Guildford Borough Council has announced a new, reduced fare which takes effect next Wednesday (December 20).

From 7am to 11pm Monday to Saturday it will cost £4.52 for the first mile - and £1.72 for each mile thereafter.

The announcement was made by Guildford Borough Council after a challenge from the taxi trade was recently dismissed by the High Court.

A proposal in November last year to cut fares was postponed as a result of the judicial review challenge.

It was heard at the High Court on last month, with judgement handed down on December 5 2017.

The High Court found in the council's favour -and dismissed the challenge.

Councillor Graham Ellwood, Lead Councillor for Licensing and Community Safety, said: “We are delighted that the High Court dismissed the challenge to our proposals to reduce fares. The Licensing team had gone to great lengths to consult with the trade to determine the correct input data for calculating the fares, which was recognised in court. 

“Setting taxi fares (the rates charged on a taxi’s meter by time and distance for a journey) is important to ensure taxi drivers can recover their costs and provide a service at a reasonable cost for the public. It’s vital that we set the right rates to ensure this balance and to protect users from being overcharged.

“As a result of the High Court decision, we need to implement these changes. Currently taxi meters are still set to the old rate meaning customers are now paying too much. Taxi driver and proprietors need to make arrangements to change their taxi meters by Wednesday 20 December, and we have written to the taxi trade advising them of this.

“Now that the busy festive season is in full swing, we want the public to enjoy their celebrations and get home safely. We would remind people celebrating in Guildford to take one of our licensed liveried taxis home, or book a private hire vehicle through one of our licensed operators for a safe journey home, confident in the knowledge that they will be charged fairly for the service." 

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