Taxi Drivers Call For Emergenc...


Taxi Drivers Call For Emergency €1 Increase In Fares

Emma Tyrrell
Emma Tyrrell

10:22 7 Mar 2022

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Taxi drivers are looking for a €1 increase in fares to tackle rising fuel costs.

The price of a cab ride was due to rise in 2020 but the pandemic delayed the measure.

Drivers say they are dealing with a more than 50 per cent increase in costs. Last week a litre of petrol at the pumps topped €2 for the first time.

It comes as oil prices hit a new 14-year high, costing €139 a barrel at one stage. Those prices haven't been seen since the financial crash in 2008.

Darren English is a spokesperson for the National Taxi Forum;

"That fare review takes a little bit of time so it could be late summer, early autumn before we see any fare increase."

He says the emergency measure could be charged on the metre as an extra, creating a stop-gap until the fare review is carried out by the National Transport Authority.

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