Give us your views on taxi fare freeze

Friday, 21 December, 2018

constulation wrote in blue markerPeople are being consulted on a proposed taxi fare freeze in East Dunbartonshire.

The Council held initial consultation on the current fare structure with taxi operators, drivers and trade organisations.
Responses were received opposing a rise in fares, with additional concerns raised during recent consultation for new conditions for taxis and private hire vehicles. One letter supporting an increase in fares was received from a taxi trade body.

The Policy and Resources Committee met recently and agreed to embark on public consultation on the basis of no increase in fares and other charges in connection with the hire of a taxi in East Dunbartonshire.

Consultation will now take place until 15 February 2019 and people are being invited to get involved. Visit

Joint Leader, Councillor Andrew Polson, said, "The Council, as licensing authority, is required to review taxi fares within its area periodically. Following initial consultation it is proposed not to increase fares."

Joint Leader, Councillor Vaughan Moody, added, "I would encourage people to provide their views during this new consultation period, with a further report due to be brought to a future meeting of the Policy & Resources Committee for final determination."

The Council last reviewed taxi fares in 2016, with new fares previously coming into effect from 1 July 2016.

Meanwhile, consultation on new taxi and private hire conditions has been extended following engagement with the trade, public and community groups.

People have until 3 March 2019 to get involved in the modernisation process to bring local conditions up to date - protecting the public and making it easier for members of the trade to comply with the law.

Moving forward, officers hope to create a forum for regular and better engagement with the taxi and private hire trade.

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