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Cambridge Hackney cabs could turn blue as the fares are set to rise

By Ben Comber

Taxi, the signage is a distinguished feature of the so-called Hackney Carriage.
Taxi, the signage is a distinguished feature of the so-called Hackney Carriage.

Cambridge Hackney Carriages could all turn Cambridge blue to help people distinguish them from private hire vehicles.

The cahnge to a different colour, with Cambridge blue the suggested colour, would be a ‘livery requirement’ that will be consulted on by stakeholders later this year.

It’s being considered by the city council alongside a 10p increase in taxi tariffs this month.

The rise is prompted by Cambridge City Licensed Taxis Ltd’s request to increase fares by 1.7 per cent, which has been rounded to enable more effective cash handling.

Cambridge Hackney Carriage Association (CHCA) says it would prefer to leave the starting fares as they are and put a fare increase on the distance travelled instead i.e. reduce the distance travelled for each 20p addition to the fare.

Transport for London has this year increased the fares of London hackney carriages by 1.7 per cent.

CCLT has also requested a £3 cost for carrying ‘specialist vehicles’ like bikes and prams.

Furthermore, a legal requirement has required that the distance travelled on the meter be displayed in yards rather than metres, and the change in tariff would be an opportunity to implement the recommended change. It’s being changed to fall in line with other licensing authorities.

Of 366 council areas, Cambridge taxis are the 54th most expensive at £6.40 for a two-mile fare.


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