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Council in consultation with West Suffolk taxi drivers on fees and charges increase

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Following proposals to increase taxi fees and charges, West Suffolk Council has initiated a consultation with drivers in the area.

The changes are intended to cover the increased costs of safety checks and administration, especially taxi licensing.

It has been more than five years since these fees were last increased.

West Suffolk Council has opened consultations with drivers.
West Suffolk Council has opened consultations with drivers.

The council emphasises that taxi drivers are not being consulted on their preferences for the fees, only whether they believe them to comply with legislation.

It is also hoped that the outreach will ensure the changes are implemented in an appropriate manner.

The consultation runs through to August 1.

If all parties find a way forward, it is hoped the changes will go before West Suffolk Council's cabinet towards the end of the year.

A full outline of the new fees and charges can be found here.

Councillor Andy Drummond, the cabinet member for regulatory and environment, states: "Much of this national guidance and increased checks that we are required to do, are designed to protect passenger safety and public confidence in the taxi trade.

"This comes with a cost, however, which is why I am proposing that next April, we increase fees and charges for what will be the first time in seven years.

"The Council will not be generating any additional income from these – we are not allowed to. We will aim to deliver a cost neutral service and if there is any surplus over a three-year period, it will be used to support the trade."