London taxi fares to increase this year

18:10 06 February 2013

Fares will rise by 1.7 per cent from April. Picture: David Jones/PA Wire

Fares will rise by 1.7 per cent from April. Picture: David Jones/PA Wire

Ongoing increases in fuel prices are behind a rise in the cost of taking a London taxi, transport chiefs have said.

Transport for London’s board has agreed an increase of 1.7 per cent for 2013/14 after consultation with the taxi trade, business leaders and charities.

The rise is below inflation and equates to 21p per average fare.

John Mason, TfL’s director of taxi and private hire, said: “Taxi fares are reviewed annually and in making a recommendation we take into account a range of factors that include taxi drivers’ running costs including vehicle costs, parts and fuel.

“This year’s increase is the lowest for ten years and seeks to cover increases in the cost of running a black cab while continuing to provide passengers with value for money.”

Passengers leaving Heathrow Airport will face additional charges. To compensate drivers having to pay an upfront charge when entering Heathrow’s feeder ranks, an additional charge of £3.20 will be added to a fare.

In a provision linked to diesel prices, a 40p increase to all taxi fares will be implemented if diesel reaches 179.7p per litre, and a £4 charge will be bolted on to fares over the festive period.

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