Members considered the report of the Licensing Manager which provided an update regarding a proposed increase to the Hackney Carriage Fare Tariff. This was to enable the Hackney Carriage trade within the District to continue to operate economically whilst still maintaining an efficient, safe and cost effective service for those residents of and visitors to East Devon who need to use the services of a Hackney Carriage.
Members questioned whether further consultation was necessary in view of the lack of responses to the original consultation. It was noted that there had only been one email supporting the original proposals. The Exmouth Trade Association had made a request that the Tariff 1 be increased by £0.50 to £3.50 and also that the soiling charge be increased from £50 to £80. It was noted that there were over 70 taxi drivers in Exmouth, more than 50% of the total number of drivers in the District. Regularly Exmouth drivers did not use the meter to charge for fares but would make a lower charge to the customer. Members suggested that there was no need to go to further consultation in view of the lack of response to the original consultation.
Steve Saunders, Licensing Manager agreed to produce detailed figures of the taxi drivers and vehicles throughout East Devon for the next meeting of the Committee in October.
RESOLVED that the update provided in this report for proposed Hackney Carriage Tariff increase options set out in Appendices C and F following recent consultation with the taxi trade be noted and the proposals contained in Appendix F be approved for advertising more widely to the public.