Fuel costs not fare for taxi drivers

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The Forfar and Kirriemuir Taxi Association is to implement additional charges in an attempt to combat rising fuel costs.

The charges have previously been at the driver’s discretion but the association now feels that enforcing them is necessary to make running their vehicles viable.

Les Gibson, secretary of the association, said: “It is with great regret that we have to apply these charges. “The fares rose in October with the new tariff and fuel has risen by ten per cent since then.

“We can’t apply for a new tariff for another 18 months and with the current cost of fuel we can’t absorb the costs.”

Passengers will be charged ten pence for each case or object carried in the vehicle and 20 pence per passenger after the first one.

If a taxi is called out but not used a charge will be levied according to the distance travelled from the stance. This charge will be equal to the normal fare for that distance.

If a passenger soils the vehicle, requiring it to be taken out of service for cleaning, a charge of £60 will apply.

The Forfar and Kirriemuir Taxi Association plan to implement the new charges from Monday, February 7.

The current fare charges and additional costs are outlined in a fare card, which passengers can request to see from any driver.