Hundreds of hackney carriage drivers call for Sheffield Council to raise fare charges

Taxi rank at Sheffield railway station
Taxi rank at Sheffield railway station
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Hundreds of hackney carriage drivers signed a petition calling for Sheffield Council to increase the amount that they can charge customers.

The 500-signature-strong petition was presented to the authority’s full meeting on Wednesday.

Mohammed Yasim, branch president, told councillors that ‘nominal’ increases had been made in 2010 and 2008.

He added: “Nobody can deny there is a cost of living crisis and more people in employment are in poverty as a consequence.

“We are also affected by the cost of living crisis in this city and we’ve had no say in the costs we can charge to ply our trade.”

Mr Yasim also said that businesses costs for drivers had increased.

Coun Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for business, said the request would need to be considered through a formal licensing committee process and the head of licensing would get in touch with the branch.

The council licences and regulates hackey carriage as well as private hire drivers.

A fares chart on the council’s website sets out the maximum fares.

For the first 160 yards drivers can charge £2.60 in the daytime, and £3.10 in the night. They can then charge 30p for every additional 346 yards up to ten miles. The average cost for a five-mile trip is given as £10.10 in the day and £10.80 at night.

Data requested by The Star shows there have been 857 hackney carriage vehicles - the maximum allowed - in Sheffield since 2010.