Talks on taxi fare increase

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A BID to increase black cab fares by 20p per mile will be formally considered by Sheffield Council’s licensing board next week.

Councillors will decide whether to approve a request by Hafeas Rehman, chairman of Sheffield Taxi Trade Association, to allow the rise due to spiralling fuel costs.

The request will mean average fares rise from £1.53 per mile to £1.73 per mile, plus an initial fee of £2.60 in the day and £3.10 at night.

Current fares came into effect in October, when there was a 10p increase on the initial fee.

The application by Sheffield Taxi Trade Association will be heard on Thursday April 7.