Local taxi drivers have successfully applied for an increase in their charging rate.
North Kesteven District Council’s Executive Board opted for an inflationary increase across the board for hackney carriage operators - whose vehicles can be hailed from the street or a rank.
NKDC currently licences 65 hackney carriages and 188 private-hire operators. The new tariffs came into force on December 5 after a consultation period following the decision on November 13.
There are three maximum rates for hackney carriage taxis: Tariff 1 - between 7.30am and 11pm; Tariff 2 - between 11pm and 7.30am, all day Sunday, on public holidays, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve between 6pm and midnight – charged at 50 per cent above Tariff 1; Tariff 3 - on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day – charged at twice Tariff 1. The changes increase Tariff 1 by 70 pence over a two-mile journey to £5.60. Over 10 miles the difference is £1.50 more. The charge is below the £5.62 national average for two miles.