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Taxi fares to increase in Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 15:10 24 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:34 03 March 2010

THE cost of hailing a taxi in Ipswich is set to go up from the beginning of December - but not by as much as cab drivers wanted.

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THE cost of hailing a taxi in Ipswich is set to go up from the beginning of December – but not by as much as cab drivers wanted.

The borough council is set to approve an increase in the basic fare by 40p, up to £2.40. And the start of the night-time tariff will be brought forward from 11pm to 10pm.

The changes to fares for Hackney Carriages are to be debated at Thursday's meeting of the borough's licensing committee.

For people making short journeys at night, the increase will be 34 per cent – but the longer the trip the smaller the proportionate increase, and for those travelling five miles it will be only about three per cent.

The minimum fare has been £2 for the last three years, and the Ipswich Taxi Drivers' Association warned that with increasing insurance premiums, life was becoming increasingly difficult for them.

The Association said vehicles had been upgraded and drivers needed to be able to charge increased fares.

The committee is set to reject a request for a 50p increase in the basic fare, opting for 40p increase.

It points out this will still make Ipswich one of the 30 most expensive places to hire a Hackney Carriage in the country.

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