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North Devon Council is consulting on changes to its Hackney Carriage fare tariff and is inviting the community to have their say.

The council is holding a 14 day consultation on the proposed increase in prices, which have not been raised since 2016. The proposed new tariff (with the exception of waiting time) has been increased by 12.3%, which is based on the increased rate of Consumer Price Index since 2016.

Opinions on the changes to the tariff are invited from the taxi trade, general public and anybody with an interest in taxis. The public consultation will take place from today (Wednesday 25 May) to Wednesday 8 June

Leader of North Devon Council, Councillor David Worden, says: "We would like to encourage anyone who drives or regularly uses taxis or private hire vehicles to take part in this consultation. Whilst we appreciate the increases may not be popular with taxi users, it is important to those in the taxi trade that the prices they're able to charge are fair and in line with a rise in running costs. Our committee members need your input in order to make an informed decision regarding these new proposals”.

 The proposals and the recommendations can be found on the council's website. Anyone who wishes to make a comment can do so by:

  • submitting a written comment to: The Licensing Team, Lynton House, Commercial Road, Barnstaple, EX31 1DG
  • submitting a comment or emailing a completed survey to consultation@northdevon.gov.uk

Anyone who requires a hard copy of the consultation can request one by contacting Customer Services by email to customerservices@northdevon.gov.uk or by telephone on 01271 388870.

Once the consultation closes, Licensing Officers will review all the feedback and make any relevant adjustments to the draft Policy. Licensing and Community Safety and Strategy and Resources Committees will then review the final proposals and decide whether to recommend its adoption.