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Public to have its say on proposed Highland taxi fare changes

By Gregor White

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Inverness Taxi Alliance chairman Andrew Macdonald.
Inverness Taxi Alliance chairman Andrew Macdonald.

As part of an ongoing review of taxi tariffs fares are due to be discussed by members of Highland Council’s licensing committee.

They will discuss the issue before a draft tariff is agreed for public consultation.

The review takes place every 18 months and when drivers were asked for their opinion, 94 per cent were in favour of no increase.

However one operator, Culloden-based Sneckie Taxis, called for a rise of just over 20 per cent.

The council has produced a range of proposed fares, with suggested increases ranging from zero up to three per cent, and the matter will be open to public consultation before returning to the committee for a final decision in February.

Inverness Taxi Alliance has been involved in the consultation and chairman Andrew Macdonald previously branded any increase as “foolhardy”.

He said: “We will probably go along on Tuesday and spectate.”

A Highland Council spokesman said taxi drivers were invited to meetings, as part of the consultation, and their views and representations formed part of a report which would be presented to councillors at Tuesday’s meeting.

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