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Fares rise among big changes set for Cambridge taxi cabs

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.

Taxis may also have to carry card machines and have cctv cameras on board.

A 10p rise in basic starting tariffs and a £1 charge for carrying bikes in taxis will be dicided by the council on Monday next week.

A consultation with the industry and customers has ended.

Proposals could also mean that taxis are required to carry card machines and cctv cameras, that rear-loading wheelchair vehicles be available and that a colour requirement come into play that could see all Hackney Cabs turn Cambridge Blue.

Cllr Gerri Bird, chair of the licensing committee, said: “We were pleased to have received many responses from members of the taxi trade and interested parties to our consultations on taxi fares and the taxi licensing policy.

“We will now use this feedback to help us decide whether or not to make the proposed changes. Both the taxi fares table and the taxi licensing policy are important mechanisms for ensuring that Cambridge’s taxi service continues to be safe, efficient and accessible for all.”

The council is responsible for licensing all taxi proprietors and operators in Cambridge, as well as Hackney carriage, private hire and dual drivers.


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