Taxi drivers in Blackburn call for higher fares

Lancashire Telegraph: Hackney Drivers’ Association Ltd chairman Charles Oakes, left, and drivers Hackney Drivers’ Association Ltd chairman Charles Oakes, left, and drivers

ANGRY black cab drivers are calling for Blackburn with Darwen Council to let them raise their fares.

The demand comes after the Lancashire Telegraph revealed that last year almost half of taxis in the borough failed basic safety checks.

Although only a fraction of the taxis found unfit to be on the road were black cabs, the Hackney Drivers’ Association Ltd said its members were struggling to maintain their vehicles and turn a profit on the charge rates set in 2011.

However, another black cab group, Blackburn Hackney Carriage Association, said it was strongly against charging more.

The Hackney Drivers’ Association Ltd wants to charge an extra 20p per stretch. This would raise the first flag charge from £2.30 to £2.50, and increase the one, two, five and 10-mile journeys accordingly.

Chairman Charles Oakes said: “It costs us to maintain our vehicles and we can barely afford it. Just like everybody else, rising fuel prices and rising insurance costs affect us. Everybody needs to pay their mortgage and feed their kids.”

Mr Oakes has sought legal advice on whether he can take action against the council, which sets the tariffs, to implement his proposals.

However, the Blackburn Hackney Carriage Association said that raising fares in a time of recession would further drive away customers.

Chairman Mohammed Younis said: “We are all struggling to survive, with huge fuel and insurance bills and maintenance costs.

“But our drivers aren’t seeing enough customers as it is, and pushing fares higher would not be a clever move.”

Coun John Wright, licensing committee chairman, said: “An application to increase the hackney carriage fares was considered by the committee on Thursday.

“The members considered whether to recommend the request to the executive member for environment for an increase and to start the consultation process.

“On careful consideration, members of the committee said they would not recommend the current application.

“Members felt that any request should be brought jointly by all representatives of the hackney trade in Blackburn with Darwen.

“We will consider any new applications if and when they are brought.”

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2:56pm Mon 11 Feb 13

marcusbrfc95 says...

3 words, how about no
3 words, how about no marcusbrfc95

4:00pm Mon 11 Feb 13

roversjeff says...

I always use private hire taxis as they are much cheaper than black hackney cabs!
I always use private hire taxis as they are much cheaper than black hackney cabs! roversjeff

4:00pm Mon 11 Feb 13

A Darener says...

Is that so they can get their death traps repaired?
Is that so they can get their death traps repaired? A Darener

5:19pm Mon 11 Feb 13

LittleMissKc says...

If your fares are raised, your business will go down. FACT
If your fares are raised, your business will go down. FACT LittleMissKc

6:35pm Mon 11 Feb 13

icannotrace says...

LittleMissKc wrote:
If your fares are raised, your business will go down. FACT
If they don't raise their fares then their business will go down anyway. It doesn't sound that they have any choice to me.
[quote][p][bold]LittleMissKc[/bold] wrote: If your fares are raised, your business will go down. FACT[/p][/quote]If they don't raise their fares then their business will go down anyway. It doesn't sound that they have any choice to me. icannotrace

6:47pm Mon 11 Feb 13

buckoff says...

If in the last few years you are barely making a profit why are you still driving? If you earn more then declare it to the working tax credit agency you will get less benefits. So why bother putting fares up.
If in the last few years you are barely making a profit why are you still driving? If you earn more then declare it to the working tax credit agency you will get less benefits. So why bother putting fares up. buckoff

7:20pm Mon 11 Feb 13

mark007 says...

I see a hackney cab parked outside a lovely home near to the top of buncer lane, 300k+ house can't be bad being a hackney driver
I see a hackney cab parked outside a lovely home near to the top of buncer lane, 300k+ house can't be bad being a hackney driver mark007

8:21pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Paul The Octopus Lives! says...

Oh yes I can see these taxi drivers are on the bread line! The sausage and bread line by the look of those huge bellys!
Oh yes I can see these taxi drivers are on the bread line! The sausage and bread line by the look of those huge bellys! Paul The Octopus Lives!

8:27pm Mon 11 Feb 13

KP2011 says...

I think they are joking . Cabs are in tragic condition, drivers are rude and charge more then in any other town around Blackburn. In Bolton they charge 1.80 so really 2.50 is a bit much i think. Do they really think that this will help them? Maybe there is just simply to many cabs in such a small town?
I think they are joking . Cabs are in tragic condition, drivers are rude and charge more then in any other town around Blackburn. In Bolton they charge 1.80 so really 2.50 is a bit much i think. Do they really think that this will help them? Maybe there is just simply to many cabs in such a small town? KP2011

6:41am Tue 12 Feb 13

doggydog says...

Simple solution............
....find another job!
Simple solution............ ....find another job! doggydog

11:14am Tue 12 Feb 13

darren72 says...

Taxi fares in Blackburn are expensive as it is. I live in Rishton and went to Guide WMC for £6 in a local taxi, but when i rung up a Blackburn cab for a quote to get back i was quoted £9.
Taxi fares in Blackburn are expensive as it is. I live in Rishton and went to Guide WMC for £6 in a local taxi, but when i rung up a Blackburn cab for a quote to get back i was quoted £9. darren72

2:18pm Tue 12 Feb 13

kojak10 says...

who would pay black cab (public hire) rates in this economic climate anyway?
Private hire is almost half the price that they charge you would have to enjoy throwing your hard earned cash away!
They are the modern highwaymen ripping off people who know no different. Visitors to the town especially get ripped off when they reach the train station etc.. The black cabs are almost reliant on tis sort of trade! No-one in their right mind living in the borough would call a black cab! Funny they always seem to take the longest route too while the meters ticking away!
No fare rises for them i say they're getting enough as it is!
who would pay black cab (public hire) rates in this economic climate anyway? Private hire is almost half the price that they charge you would have to enjoy throwing your hard earned cash away! They are the modern highwaymen ripping off people who know no different. Visitors to the town especially get ripped off when they reach the train station etc.. The black cabs are almost reliant on tis sort of trade! No-one in their right mind living in the borough would call a black cab! Funny they always seem to take the longest route too while the meters ticking away! No fare rises for them i say they're getting enough as it is! kojak10

6:39pm Tue 12 Feb 13

jandi56 says...

and they rip disabled people off a lady i know got less than a 5minutte trip and returned and they charged her 20 pound that is not just a rip off but a bloody special rip off n took advantage coz she was in a wheelchair and they do not even pik her up from the door and do not secure her chair in, as far as i am awre she has complained to the council.
and they rip disabled people off a lady i know got less than a 5minutte trip and returned and they charged her 20 pound that is not just a rip off but a bloody special rip off n took advantage coz she was in a wheelchair and they do not even pik her up from the door and do not secure her chair in, as far as i am awre she has complained to the council. jandi56

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