§ Mr. Bendall
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement about London taxi fares and fees. 767W
§ Mr. Bowis
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport has made an order increasing London taxi fares by 4 per cent. with effect from Saturday 26 April. The new tariff will beInitial minimum charge: £1.40—for the first 483 m (528.4 yd) or 108 seconds.Then 20p for each additional 241.5 m (264.2 yd) or 54 seconds until the fare exceeds £9.00 fare represents a journey of about 6 miles.Once the fare exceeds £9.20p for each 161 m (176.1 yd) or 36 seconds.
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport has decided that there will be no change in the Public Carriage Office's fees for a London taxi driver's licence—£87 for a three-year licence—or in the annual fee for licensing a London taxi—£78.