Call for cap on number of taxi drivers allowed in Inverness » National Taxi Association

Call for cap on number of taxi drivers allowed in Inverness » National Taxi Association

A senior taxi driver has called for a cap on the number of licences in the Highland capital. Andrew Macdonald also accused the local authority of trying to pin the blame on the trade for a recent inquiry which blocked a disputed fare rise. Mr MacDonald, of the Inverness Taxi Alliance, said the council had made the tariff increase necessary by granting too many taxi plates, causing operators’ incomes to drop. Highland Council has said restricting the number of licences would require a survey to be carried out to measure demand, which was likely to cost more than £10,000. Taxi drivers in Inverness and Lochaber were split on the issue of a fares increase – with those in the Highland capital asking for a 50p rise while their colleagues in the west favoured the status quo. The council had previously suggested a rise of 30p, but following a hearing Scotland’s deputy traffic comm...

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