Adrian Hampton (Head of Highway Operations) has produced a briefing note which informs the Licensing Committee of the feedback resulting from the consultation undertaken on the proposal to increase Tariff 1 by 10% for Hackney Carriages in Wiltshire following significant fuel price rises during 2022.
Adrian Hampton (Head of Highway Operations) referred to the briefing note circulated with the Agenda which sought to brief the Committee on the feedback resulting from the consultation undertaken on the proposal to increase Tariff 1 by 10% for Hackney Carriages in Wiltshire following significant fuel prices rises during 2022 and highlighted the following:
A Committee member noted the disappointing engagement rate and wondered what could be done to increase this and look at other ways to engage with the trade.
The Chairman commented that he used to chair the taxi meetings and that it was an aspiration to reinvigorate those and get some new faces involved and attending. Adrian Hampton reported that they were looking at overall engagement and that they recognise they need to get more interest in taxis.
A Committee member felt that drivers being able to use older vehicles and if the tinted window restriction was relaxed this may encourage more taxi drivers and make them viable and agreed that we should be increasing the fares in line with the proposals.
Adrian Hampton reported that Officers would investigate what changes could be made, complete a review and report this back to the Committee in due course.
The Vice Chair wondered if drivers have to update their tariffs or if they could choose to continue with the existing prices and if there was a different way of looking at the costs for taxi drivers so that we could get the prices right for them. Adrian Hampton reported that he would be happy to look at any model.
1. That the Committee notes the Taxi Licensing team’s decision to increase Tariff 1 fares by 10% for Hackney Carriages.
2. A communication be prepared for the taxi industry and the general public notify them of the changes and the proposed timetable for implementation.