Planned hike in cost of taxi licences slammed » National Taxi Association

TAXI firms across Dwyfor and Meirionnydd fear a proposed increase in taxi licence fees will have a huge impact on their business. Gwynedd Council’s general licensing committee is set to approve a 25 per cent increase on hackney car-riage, private hire and operators li-cence fees. The increase would see hackney carriage and private hire drivers licences rise from £82 to £102.50, and private hire vehicle licences increase from £92 to £115. A report to the committee states that there is a “significant budgetary deficit” which can’t be sustained in the current economic climate. The report claims that to make up the deficit, fees need to be raised by 37 per cent. Huw Edwards, of Porthmadog’s Duke’s Taxis said the increase will have a huge effect on his company, which operates around 50 cars. Mr Edwards, who operates both hackney carriage and private hire vehicles, said: “The in...

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