Renfrewshire Council

Councillors recommend taxi fares freeze in Renfrewshire ​

Councillors in Renfrewshire have recommended that taxi fares in Renfrewshire remain unchanged for the next 18 months. 

The recommendation was agreed unanimously at a meeting of Renfrewshire Council's Regulatory Functions Board.

At the same time, councillors recommended that taxi drivers be allowed to recover from passengers  charges levied by Glasgow Airport.

Those charges include a £1.50 airport departure charge, and a proposed new £2 charge for picking up and dropping off passengers.

The proposals will shortly be advertised for public comment.  A final decision will be made by July.

Councillor John Hood, Convener of Renfrewshire Council's Regulatory Functions Board, said:  "We believe that our recommendations are fair to both the travelling public and the taxi trade.

"By recommending that the standard taxi fares are not increased, we want to encourage people to use taxis.

"That will support local businesses and boost the night-time economy.

"At the same time we have recognised that taxi drivers are being affected by charges levied by Glasgow Airport.  Those charges are outwith the control of the council.

"However, we don't think that drivers going about their business should lose out.  So we are recommending that they have the chance to pass on those charges."

"Our recommendations will soon go out for public comment and we will consider all comments before a new fare structure is put in place."

Published 08/03/2017