Blackburn cabs won't increase prices over Xmas and New Year

TAXIS and buses are doing their bit to help shoppers and revellers get around over the Christmas and New Year period.

The borough’s 60 hackney cabs are pegging fares across the festive season to normal rates to help hard-pressed residents who either cannot or do not want to drive.

The council is also subsidising a limited bus service on Boxing Day to help those out shopping or working.

The Blackburn Hackney Drivers’ Association is keeping the normal tariffs starting at £2.30 plus mileage during the day and £2.40 late at nights instead of the normal Christmas and New year ‘tariff three’ with a £3.50 starting fare and higher mileage charges.

Driver Abdul Hafiz, of the association, said: “We have 60 cabs in the borough and have listened to out customers.

“We have decided to keep fares at the normal daily and night rates for the whole Christmas and New Year period.

“This is in recognition of the current economic climate. We know that our customers have to be careful with their money.

“We want to make sure they can afford to take a taxi if they need one.

“What we don’t want to is to find people going out for a drink and driving afterwards because of the cost of a taxi.

“The drivers want to make sure local people can afford to enjoy themselves and stay safe this Christmas and New Year.

“We are doing our bit for borough residents.”

The extra Boxing Day bus services will help people get to Blackburn and Darwen town centres for work or shopping, visit the Royal Blackburn Hospital and get to the Boxing Day Blackburn Rovers match at Ewood Park.

There will be changes to normal routes with some circular services, provided by Darwen Coach Services, with all travel passes accepted.

The services are Service 1 Blackburn to Darwen; Service 2 Blackburn to Feniscowles via Ewood; Service 152 Feniscowles to Blackburn; Service 12C and 12A Highercroft Circular; Service 3 Revidge; Service 4A Mill Hill; Service 22A Blackburn to RBH, Shadsworth and Intack and Service 22A Brownhill and Roe Lee to Blackburn.

Services will run hourly.

Council highways boss Maureen Bateson said: “We haven’t done this for some years but decided it was important there was a service on Boxing Day.”

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9:17am Sat 21 Dec 13

billy32 says...

What a joke most of the drivers are not even Christian for them to raise their prices would be even more of a joke. They know that if they tried to charge more would be morally wrong. Does anyone know if they can legally charge more for Christmas or New Year.
What a joke most of the drivers are not even Christian for them to raise their prices would be even more of a joke. They know that if they tried to charge more would be morally wrong. Does anyone know if they can legally charge more for Christmas or New Year. billy32

9:20am Sat 21 Dec 13

timeforcommonsense says...

Hmmm wonder if this will be like the low low fares hyndburn firms advertised with not that long ago, then once in the cab people were told that those fares were only in company owned vehicles and many people were charged higher than the low fares advertised. It would be interesting for the Telegraph to do a follow up story after the Christmas period and ask the public whether they experienced this published price freeze
Hmmm wonder if this will be like the low low fares hyndburn firms advertised with not that long ago, then once in the cab people were told that those fares were only in company owned vehicles and many people were charged higher than the low fares advertised. It would be interesting for the Telegraph to do a follow up story after the Christmas period and ask the public whether they experienced this published price freeze timeforcommonsense

9:30am Sat 21 Dec 13

burner says...

Are they going to " do their bit" and clean out their FILTHY cabs and read the Highway Code ?
Are they going to " do their bit" and clean out their FILTHY cabs and read the Highway Code ? burner

9:54am Sat 21 Dec 13

shytalk says...

burner wrote:
Are they going to " do their bit" and clean out their FILTHY cabs and read the Highway Code ?
Not if it's printed in English
[quote][p][bold]burner[/bold] wrote: Are they going to " do their bit" and clean out their FILTHY cabs and read the Highway Code ?[/p][/quote]Not if it's printed in English shytalk

9:57am Sat 21 Dec 13

mrcool says...

billy32 wrote:
What a joke most of the drivers are not even Christian for them to raise their prices would be even more of a joke. They know that if they tried to charge more would be morally wrong. Does anyone know if they can legally charge more for Christmas or New Year.
I think you will find that most of the idiots going out on the lash this weekend in the name of Christmas and getting so drunk they don't even know their own name are not "Christians" either. In fact, I would guess a fair portion of diners around the Christmas table this year don't even go to church. So if you want to talk about morals, let's start at home, eh?
[quote][p][bold]billy32[/bold] wrote: What a joke most of the drivers are not even Christian for them to raise their prices would be even more of a joke. They know that if they tried to charge more would be morally wrong. Does anyone know if they can legally charge more for Christmas or New Year.[/p][/quote]I think you will find that most of the idiots going out on the lash this weekend in the name of Christmas and getting so drunk they don't even know their own name are not "Christians" either. In fact, I would guess a fair portion of diners around the Christmas table this year don't even go to church. So if you want to talk about morals, let's start at home, eh? mrcool

11:04am Sat 21 Dec 13

billy32 says...

I think you will find that most of the idiots going out on the lash this weekend in the name of Christmas and getting so drunk they don't even know their own name are not "Christians" either. In fact, I would guess a fair portion of diners around the Christmas table this year don't even go to church. So if you want to talk about morals, let's start at home, eh? @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@
@@@@@@@@@@@@'@@ The taxi drivers are self employed if they choose to work over the holidays that is their choice, if it wasn't for the how you put it "idiots going out on the lash" the taxi drivers would in effect be out of a job. I did not say that we are Christians i said it it was a Christian holiday.
I think you will find that most of the idiots going out on the lash this weekend in the name of Christmas and getting so drunk they don't even know their own name are not "Christians" either. In fact, I would guess a fair portion of diners around the Christmas table this year don't even go to church. So if you want to talk about morals, let's start at home, eh? @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ @@@@@@@@@@@@'@@ The taxi drivers are self employed if they choose to work over the holidays that is their choice, if it wasn't for the how you put it "idiots going out on the lash" the taxi drivers would in effect be out of a job. I did not say that we are Christians i said it it was a Christian holiday. billy32

11:12am Sat 21 Dec 13

Sajdin says...

shytalk wrote:
burner wrote:
Are they going to " do their bit" and clean out their FILTHY cabs and read the Highway Code ?
Not if it's printed in English
hahaha
[quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]burner[/bold] wrote: Are they going to " do their bit" and clean out their FILTHY cabs and read the Highway Code ?[/p][/quote]Not if it's printed in English[/p][/quote]hahaha Sajdin

11:14am Sat 21 Dec 13

ron1946 says...

private hire cars can charge what they want their charges are not regulated
private hire cars can charge what they want their charges are not regulated ron1946

11:20am Sat 21 Dec 13

khakkij says...

i should certainly think not., it aint anything to them., so they arent doing us a favour, if they want to do us a favour., when they are taking you home in their taxi., stop jibbering on their mobile to their pals when they are waiting for the fare., also take the berkers off so they can see where they are walking., if just so much as one walks into me today., i will launch her right out of the way coz sick of it
i should certainly think not., it aint anything to them., so they arent doing us a favour, if they want to do us a favour., when they are taking you home in their taxi., stop jibbering on their mobile to their pals when they are waiting for the fare., also take the berkers off so they can see where they are walking., if just so much as one walks into me today., i will launch her right out of the way coz sick of it khakkij

11:23am Sat 21 Dec 13

burner says...

ron1946 wrote:
private hire cars can charge what they want their charges are not regulated
Their standard of driving is . . . or it should be !
[quote][p][bold]ron1946[/bold] wrote: private hire cars can charge what they want their charges are not regulated[/p][/quote]Their standard of driving is . . . or it should be ! burner

12:39pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Davelyn says...

These holidays are nothing to do with there muslim religion so they are not on holiday, why sho.uld they put fares up. As has previously been pointed out they are private hire so they can charge what they want, as a customer not under contract to them and with no upfont price infirmation the passenger can pay what he thinks is a reasonable price if he thinks he is being ripped off, personally dont use taxis if I can help it as they are dirty unsafe and usually driven by idiots.
These holidays are nothing to do with there muslim religion so they are not on holiday, why sho.uld they put fares up. As has previously been pointed out they are private hire so they can charge what they want, as a customer not under contract to them and with no upfont price infirmation the passenger can pay what he thinks is a reasonable price if he thinks he is being ripped off, personally dont use taxis if I can help it as they are dirty unsafe and usually driven by idiots. Davelyn

12:45pm Sat 21 Dec 13

woolywords says...

ron1946 wrote:
private hire cars can charge what they want their charges are not regulated
Am so fed up of drivers trying to charge me different rates for the same journey (at the same hour of the day), that I've entered into an agreement with the controlling office.
It is about time that taxis in this area were all metered, to stop any ambiguity about distance and fare. It really gets my goat when drivers claim that there is a £3 difference because they went 'the quicker way'. It's just highway robbery without the customer being able to prove any difference of opinion before the Council Licensing Officer.
I suspect that the reason that they are against it, is simply down to the meter showing how much that they earned and not what they 'claim'.
[quote][p][bold]ron1946[/bold] wrote: private hire cars can charge what they want their charges are not regulated[/p][/quote]Am so fed up of drivers trying to charge me different rates for the same journey (at the same hour of the day), that I've entered into an agreement with the controlling office. It is about time that taxis in this area were all metered, to stop any ambiguity about distance and fare. It really gets my goat when drivers claim that there is a £3 difference because they went 'the quicker way'. It's just highway robbery without the customer being able to prove any difference of opinion before the Council Licensing Officer. I suspect that the reason that they are against it, is simply down to the meter showing how much that they earned and not what they 'claim'. woolywords

12:46pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Pendle power says...

khakkij wrote:
i should certainly think not., it aint anything to them., so they arent doing us a favour, if they want to do us a favour., when they are taking you home in their taxi., stop jibbering on their mobile to their pals when they are waiting for the fare., also take the berkers off so they can see where they are walking., if just so much as one walks into me today., i will launch her right out of the way coz sick of it
Wow you are well hard. A great example to the great Christian community. I say they should charge whatever they like if you don't like it don't use it....simple
[quote][p][bold]khakkij[/bold] wrote: i should certainly think not., it aint anything to them., so they arent doing us a favour, if they want to do us a favour., when they are taking you home in their taxi., stop jibbering on their mobile to their pals when they are waiting for the fare., also take the berkers off so they can see where they are walking., if just so much as one walks into me today., i will launch her right out of the way coz sick of it[/p][/quote]Wow you are well hard. A great example to the great Christian community. I say they should charge whatever they like if you don't like it don't use it....simple Pendle power

4:58pm Sat 21 Dec 13

drunken donut says...

Davelyn wrote:
These holidays are nothing to do with there muslim religion so they are not on holiday, why sho.uld they put fares up. As has previously been pointed out they are private hire so they can charge what they want, as a customer not under contract to them and with no upfont price infirmation the passenger can pay what he thinks is a reasonable price if he thinks he is being ripped off, personally dont use taxis if I can help it as they are dirty unsafe and usually driven by idiots.
And they frequently don't turn up especially New Year's Eve.
[quote][p][bold]Davelyn[/bold] wrote: These holidays are nothing to do with there muslim religion so they are not on holiday, why sho.uld they put fares up. As has previously been pointed out they are private hire so they can charge what they want, as a customer not under contract to them and with no upfont price infirmation the passenger can pay what he thinks is a reasonable price if he thinks he is being ripped off, personally dont use taxis if I can help it as they are dirty unsafe and usually driven by idiots.[/p][/quote]And they frequently don't turn up especially New Year's Eve. drunken donut

5:40pm Sat 21 Dec 13

churchman says...

if they advertised a journey for £2 then say its £3,give them the £2 pound and tell them **** off.and remind them not to forget to declare it on there taxes. simples.
if they advertised a journey for £2 then say its £3,give them the £2 pound and tell them **** off.and remind them not to forget to declare it on there taxes. simples. churchman

5:44pm Sat 21 Dec 13

phil kernot says...

billy32 wrote:
What a joke most of the drivers are not even Christian for them to raise their prices would be even more of a joke. They know that if they tried to charge more would be morally wrong. Does anyone know if they can legally charge more for Christmas or New Year.
You can charge what ever you want its your time no matter if your Christian or Muslim everyone's entitled to a holiday and if thay decide to work on the holiday why can't thay charge extra , nice gesture to leave them at normal rates thoe ,,
[quote][p][bold]billy32[/bold] wrote: What a joke most of the drivers are not even Christian for them to raise their prices would be even more of a joke. They know that if they tried to charge more would be morally wrong. Does anyone know if they can legally charge more for Christmas or New Year.[/p][/quote]You can charge what ever you want its your time no matter if your Christian or Muslim everyone's entitled to a holiday and if thay decide to work on the holiday why can't thay charge extra , nice gesture to leave them at normal rates thoe ,, phil kernot

9:07pm Sat 21 Dec 13

denidenideni says...

Chippys in Darwen are doing fare and half over christmas eve, christmas day and boxing day.
Bargain?
Chippys in Darwen are doing fare and half over christmas eve, christmas day and boxing day. Bargain? denidenideni

11:37pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Stone Island: says...

denidenideni wrote:
Chippys in Darwen are doing fare and half over christmas eve, christmas day and boxing day.
Bargain?
In that case, I'd suggest people don't use them. And, boycott them for the rest of the year. They'll soon learn.

It makes me laugh when an Asian taxi driver says it's extra because it's Christmas. Do they charge extra when it's Eid? Do they f***! which proves they are just trying to shaft you.

As someone else said earlier, don't refuse to pay them, pay them what it usually is, or what you think the journey is worth, and they can't do jack about it. And remember, if they try to shaft you, don't use them again!
[quote][p][bold]denidenideni[/bold] wrote: Chippys in Darwen are doing fare and half over christmas eve, christmas day and boxing day. Bargain?[/p][/quote]In that case, I'd suggest people don't use them. And, boycott them for the rest of the year. They'll soon learn. It makes me laugh when an Asian taxi driver says it's extra because it's Christmas. Do they charge extra when it's Eid? Do they f***! which proves they are just trying to shaft you. As someone else said earlier, don't refuse to pay them, pay them what it usually is, or what you think the journey is worth, and they can't do jack about it. And remember, if they try to shaft you, don't use them again! Stone Island:

2:25pm Sun 22 Dec 13

easy man says...

hi i am a taxi driver we try to respect avery one i dont feel i want to charge extra as its my work all year round, ever when people have had too much i respect that and they dont know were they are going i try and help, yes i do speak fluent english dress smart, and can drive thanks,merry xmas and safe drinking!!!!
hi i am a taxi driver we try to respect avery one i dont feel i want to charge extra as its my work all year round, ever when people have had too much i respect that and they dont know were they are going i try and help, yes i do speak fluent english dress smart, and can drive thanks,merry xmas and safe drinking!!!! easy man

2:28pm Sun 22 Dec 13

easy man says...

the amount of people that say "how do you do your job" and how do you handle the drunks, so please show repsect to all life is to short love peace is whats needed
the amount of people that say "how do you do your job" and how do you handle the drunks, so please show repsect to all life is to short love peace is whats needed easy man

6:28pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Simon44 says...

I think the public should be thankful that, the Private Hire Drivers in Blackburn have NOT increased their Rates for the SIXTH year running and instead of talking nonsense - like one or two posts here - non payment of Taxi Fares is covered under the " Theft Act ". If you get reported, you can end up in front of a Judge , fined and end up with a criminal record.
All you have to do is compare the Rates of Blackburn Cabs with that of Preston or Chorley.
Stay with the same Taxi Company and behave like a Human, you WILL be treated fairly. I promise. I drive a Taxi in Blackburn.
I think the public should be thankful that, the Private Hire Drivers in Blackburn have NOT increased their Rates for the SIXTH year running and instead of talking nonsense - like one or two posts here - non payment of Taxi Fares is covered under the " Theft Act ". If you get reported, you can end up in front of a Judge , fined and end up with a criminal record. All you have to do is compare the Rates of Blackburn Cabs with that of Preston or Chorley. Stay with the same Taxi Company and behave like a Human, you WILL be treated fairly. I promise. I drive a Taxi in Blackburn. Simon44

3:34pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Stephen.L says...

Morale of the story???? Get a driving licence or walk you lasy *****
Morale of the story???? Get a driving licence or walk you lasy ***** Stephen.L

8:20am Wed 25 Dec 13

Simon44 says...

billy32 wrote:
What a joke most of the drivers are not even Christian for them to raise their prices would be even more of a joke. They know that if they tried to charge more would be morally wrong. Does anyone know if they can legally charge more for Christmas or New Year.
It is foremost a National and Public holiday. I am sick of hearing this nonsense from idiots and their stereotypes. People with your mindset break up societies.
If you work on a Sunday you would get double pay. There are 52 weeks in the Year.
A typical Taxi Fare lets say from Cherry Tree to Town is £4.00. If one pays time and half over Christmas Holiday it will be £6.00, split between 4 passengers it is an extra 50 Pence per head. I tip the Bin Men £10 each, every year. So, STOP winging, we are helping out in these difficult economic times and give some credit where its due.
If you have something to say, no thumbs down. Behave like a Man.
[quote][p][bold]billy32[/bold] wrote: What a joke most of the drivers are not even Christian for them to raise their prices would be even more of a joke. They know that if they tried to charge more would be morally wrong. Does anyone know if they can legally charge more for Christmas or New Year.[/p][/quote]It is foremost a National and Public holiday. I am sick of hearing this nonsense from idiots and their stereotypes. People with your mindset break up societies. If you work on a Sunday you would get double pay. There are 52 weeks in the Year. A typical Taxi Fare lets say from Cherry Tree to Town is £4.00. If one pays time and half over Christmas Holiday it will be £6.00, split between 4 passengers it is an extra 50 Pence per head. I tip the Bin Men £10 each, every year. So, STOP winging, we are helping out in these difficult economic times and give some credit where its due. If you have something to say, no thumbs down. Behave like a Man. Simon44

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