Hartlepool councillor and former taxi driver Stephen Picton has backed the move to increase fares.

The rise will see the price of a median two-mile journey on the town rise by 60p during the day and £1.40 on a night.

Hartlepool Borough Council’s licensing committee has unanimously permitted the rise, ruling the rise is essential to ensure drivers can make an affordable dwelling.

Councillor Stephen Picton, a former taxi driver, said the rise will be “absolutely fantastic” for the trade.

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Increased buyer prices for Hartlepool’s yellow taxis have moved a step closer.

He stated: “There’s no money in the commerce in the meanwhile, that’s why persons are leaving.

“We need to make sure they’re getting that correct bit of cash to keep the taxi drivers.”

It got here after officers warned they are seeing a scarcity of taxi drivers.

Cllr Sue Little mentioned: “Everything is stacking against them, that’s why we’ve got such a scarcity, they’re not getting paid accurately.”

Yet councillors did acknowledge the influence the rise may have on residents and officers famous hackney carriage drivers can cost beneath the brand new charges if they wish.

Cllr Jennifer Elliott mentioned: “It’s a difficult balancing act where we’ve received to get the figures proper for taxi drivers to have the ability to make a good dwelling, to get people in the trade.


“We’ve also obtained to assume about the people who discover themselves utilizing the taxis and ensure they are getting worth for money.”

According to taxi trade publications, Hartlepool’s new hackney carriage tariff, at £5.40 for a two-mile journey during the day, will still be among the least expensive within the nation, with greater than 200 council areas charging £6 or extra.

The proposed improve was backed by the Taxi Owners Working Group, a bunch of 10 hackney carriage house owners, elected by the trade, together with the Blueline firm, which personal around 30 vehicles.

All 86 hackney carriage owners were consulted with nine in favour, 27 against and the rest making no comment.

The increases are for Hartlepool’s yellow hackney cabs that use designated taxi ranks and would not apply to non-public rent automobiles.

A public discover will now be issued informing residents of the rise.

If any objections are obtained inside 14 days of publication then the difficulty shall be referred again to the committee.

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