Councillors are to be asked to agree a public consultation on plans to potentially increase taxi fares by 5%.
A report to be presented at a committee meeting tomorrow will recommend councillors approve the public consultation on one of two options; to raise the fares by 5% or maintain them at the current rate.
Members of Aberdeen City Council’s licensing committee, will be asked to choose which option to be put out to public consultation.
The report states: “The option to increase the basic taxi fare may, however, impact on the people of Aberdeen by restricting the affordability of a taxi journey to certain members of the public.
“The option not to increase the basic taxi fare or surcharges will ensure that taxi journeys remain affordable for a wider customer base.”
The public consultation was hoped to begin “as soon as reasonably practicable” following tomorrow’s meeting, with the deadline for responses being set for July 5.
Following the consultation a report of the findings would be produced and presented at a special meeting of the licensing committee on July 9.
At that time the members of the committee would be asked to make a final decision on any changes to the fare scales.
The final decision on the future taxi fare levels would be adopted from July 22 this year.
A taxi demand survey is also being produced and is hoped to be completed by August this year.
Another report on the issue of wheelchair accessible taxis is to be presented at the meeting tomorrow.
It will recommend members “agree to continue with the current policy whereby all taxis require to be wheelchair accessible vehicles by June 2019 in light of the legal and financial implications of changing policy at this time”.
The report adds: “While a mixed fleet policy may be capable in principle of complying with the duty it would result in a significantly higher risk of legal challenge.”