Taxi fares set to increase

July 26 2022

Taxi fares in Bristol are set to see a 9% hike as drivers struggle with the cost of living crisis.

Rising inflation, particularly affecting fuel prices, means taxi drivers are finding it harder to make ends meet from the trade. This summer fares in hackney carriages, the blue taxis in Bristol, will increase by about 9%, .

Bristol City Council approved the fare increases, pending a two-week public consultation, at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, July 12. Council bosses said taxi drivers had also been hit hard by coronavirus lockdowns and hospitality businesses closing.

Cllr Don Alexander said: “The trade has been hit hard by the impact of the pandemic, with the Government’s closure of hospitality in particular having a big impact on drivers’ incomes. It’s in this context that the trade has proposed changes to the fares charged by hackney carriages licensed by Bristol City Council.”

For a one-mile journey, day rates would rise from £4.40 to £4.80, night rates from £5.50 to £5.70, weekend day rates from £5 to £5.40, and weekend night rates from £5.60 to £5.80. For a three-mile journey, day rates would rise from £8.40 to £9.20, night rates from £10.10 to £10.70, weekend day rates from £9 to £9.80, and weekend night rates from £10.40 to £11.

Alex Seabrook, Local Democracy Reporting Service