Proposals to increase taxi fares by 5% across the Aberdeen will go out to public consultation after agreement by councillors.
Members of the city council’s licensing committee unanimously agreed to put the option out to consultation during a meeting at the Town House.
They had been asked to choose between two options, either a 5% increase or to maintain them at their current rate.
In a report, council officers said increasing the basic taxi fare could impact on the people of Aberdeen by “restricting the affordability of a taxi journey to certain members of the public”.
They added: “The option not to increase the basic taxi fare or surcharges will ensure taxi journeys remain affordable for a wider customer base.”
The public consultation is expected to begin “as soon as reasonably practicable”, with the deadline for responses 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.