HC Deb 23 July 1975 vol 896 cc201-2W
Mr. Horam

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will make a statement about the proposed increases in London taxi fares and charges.

Mr. Roy Jenkins

An application for an increase in London taxi fares and charges has been put forward on behalf of all sections of the London taxi trade. I have considered this claim carefully in the light of the Price Code and of the Government's policy on pay and prices. I have concluded that the claim is justified by increases in relevant costs that have taken place since London taxi fares and charges were last increased in April 1974. An order to implement the new scale will be made shortly. Details of the new fares and charges are set out below.

Time/Distance Tariff
For the first 900 yards or the first 5 minutes 30p
For each additional 450 yards or 2½ minutes (up to 6 miles or 1 hour) 5p
For each additional 225 yards or 1¼ minutes (over 6 miles or 1 hour) 5p
Each person beyond one (excluding infants) 5p
Each bicycle, perambulator etc. 5p

Each article on platform or roof 5p
Personal luggage inside No charge
Other articles, first two No charge
Articles over two, each 5p
Each basket containing animals 5p
Each animal not in a basket 5p
Night charge,* 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. 10p
Weekend Charge*, 8 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday 10p
Public Holiday charge,* 8 p.m preceding day to 6 a.m. the following day 20p
* Only one of these charges is payable in respect of each hiring. The Public Holiday charge is payable in relation to New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Day, Easter Monday, Spring Bank Holiday, Late Summer Bank Holiday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day only.

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