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Getting a taxi in Preston is about to become more costly

Posted on - 18th August, 2017 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, News, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Transport
Taxi lines at Preston Railway Station Pic: Tony Worrall
Taxi lines at Preston Railway Station Pic: Tony Worrall

Taxi fares in Preston are due to rise after lobbying from drivers.

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Representatives of the RMT Union put their case for increasing fares in hackney carriages to Preston City Council.

Agreement has been reached which will see an extra 20p added for a two mile journey between 7am and 11pm.

The meters of the taxis would be amended so the amount of yards at which the charge is applied is reduced from 194 yards to 175 yards.

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It means a two mile journey on tariff one would cost £5.40 instead of £5.20, and a two mile journey on tariff two (used for late night journeys and Sundays) would increase from £6.40 to £6.80.

Anyone throwing up in a taxi or spilling something faces a charge of up to £35, instead of £30, the previous soiling charge.

The proposal was signed off by the cabinet member for planning and regulation councillor Peter Moss.

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How Preston compares with elsewhere for taxi fares
Blackpool – £5.80
South Ribble – £5.80
Lancaster – £5.50
Preston (new charge) – £5.40
Chorley – £4.90
Blackburn – £4.70
Pendle – £4.40
Cost of a two-mile journey on tariff one

Do you use taxis in the city? What do you think of the increase in the fares? Let us know in the comments below

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