Decision details

Hackney Carriage Fares Review 2018

Decision Maker: Licensing Committee

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To adopt the advertised table of Hackney Carriage Fares following consideration of the objections received.


Reasons for the decision:

The fare calculator has been reviewed and updated following the Judicial Review to ensure it reflects the costs of running a taxi in Guildford. 


The taxi trade have been consulted on the data inputted into the calculator. 


It is important that the taxi trade are able to cover the costs of running a taxi and provide a service when it is needed, balanced against what it is reasonable for the public to pay.


The Council has an adopted fare calculator which has been subject of Judicial Review.  After considering the objection received, in the absence of justifiable reasons to change the calculator, we will continue to use this as the basis for calculating taxi fares.


Alternative options considered:

1. To maintain the status quo and current fare chart.


Option rejected because fares need to reflect current cost of running a taxi.  The current fare chart dates back to 2016 although only became effective in December 2017 after the legal challenge.  Any subsequent changes have not been possible until this time due to the legal challenge.


2.  Percentage increase or decrease.


The Council has an adopted fare calculator and after consideration of the objections, no justifiable reasons have been submitted to support a departure from this calculator.  Any percentage change would be arbitrary and would be open to challenge. 


3.  Alternative calculation methodology.


The Councils adopted fare calculator forms a transparent basis for calculating fares and the calculator and associated cost data have been the subject of considerable consultation with the taxi trade.


Publication date: 09/05/2018

Date of decision: 08/05/2018

Effective from: 17/05/2018

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