Newport taxi drivers meet over fees hike

First published in News

DOZENS of taxi drivers are expected to head to Newport Civic Centre this morning to join a meeting over a plan to hike taxi fees.

Taxi drivers are being consulted over a plan for a range of rises in taxi fees, aimed to plug a deficit in the Newport Council taxi service of more than £60,000.

It's been claimed that the rises – which are higher for older cars than younger cars – will bring in a taxi age limit via the back door.

Drivers with cars older than 12-years could face paying licence fees of £458 a year, while owners of cars aged between 3 and 12 years would pay £258.

Currently, private hire vehicle owners pay £142 a year while hackney carriage drivers pay £152 a year.

Some drivers are planning a protest outside the Newport Council building this morning, ahead of the licensing committee meeting.

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10:42am Tue 4 Sep 12

Howie' says...

Don't know what they have to protest about because they will still be paying less than other comparable areas.

Why should the Council Tax Payer subsidise private firms or self employed drivers?
Don't know what they have to protest about because they will still be paying less than other comparable areas. Why should the Council Tax Payer subsidise private firms or self employed drivers? Howie'
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