Taxi fares across Aberdeen are set to rise by 5% from next month – the first increase in seven years.
Members of Aberdeen City Council’s licensing committee agreed to introduce the 5% increase by adjusting yardage figures, meaning additional charges to the basic tariff will begin after a shorter distance.
Convener of the committee John Reynolds said he did not believe the public would be against the move.
He added: “A few years ago it would have been unpopular but drivers haven’t had a raise for seven years.
“Nobody likes anything going up in price but to be fair, they have to earn a living the same as the rest of us.
“The public are hopefully going to be supportive of the taxi trade.”
The council had initially looked at introducing the 5% increase through increasing the basic tariff from £2.40 to £2.52 for the first 950 yards, with every additional 180.5 yards going from 20p to 21p.
However, members of the trade raised concerns this would see both customers and drivers having to deal with 1p and 2p pieces and urged the local authority to instead introduce the increase through altering the distance.
Under the agreed changes, the basic tariff will now be £2.40 for the first 902.5 yards, with every additional 171.5 yards costing an additional 20p.
Russell McLeod, managing director of Rainbow City Taxis, said he was pleased to see the changes made to yardage as it would have been an “effort” for passengers and drivers, adding he was supportive of a 5% increase.
He added: “I think it’s not before time. In the last seven years very little has come down in price. There is nobody else who hasn’t had a wage increase in that time.”
The local authority reviews fares every 18 months but has not increased them since 2011.
A public consultation was carried out into the move but only one representation was received back, which raised the yardage issue.
A previous council report into the move said drivers’ costs increased by 5.09% between 2016 and 2018 from total estimated costs – including an increase in fuel costs – of £42,991 to £45,123.
The new fares will take effect from August 21.