The cost of jumping in a taxi looks set to rise by 20p a mile, if new plans by the Isle of Wight Council are approved.
It was proposed earlier this year to increase the mileage rate by 10p but also increase the initial ‘flagging down’ charge to 50p. However, the Isle of Wight Council’s licencing team were forced to halt their plans following a large number of representations made by taxi drivers, as previously reported by Island Echo.
Now, under new proposals, the flagging down price increase is to be scrapped but instead the mileage rate will increase by 20p. This means that catching a taxi on the Isle of Wight will cost £2.00 per mile travelled.
If the new charges are approved, the cost of getting a taxi during the daytime from St Mary’s Hospital to High Street, Newport via Hunnyhill (a distance of around 1 mile) will cost £4.00 – that’s made up of a £3.00 flagging down charge which includes up to 1/2 mile travel, and a £1.00 mileage charge of 50p per quarter mile.
A journey from Ryde Bus Station to Newport Bus Station – a distance of 7.6 miles – would cost £17.20 (7.1 miles x £2.00 + £3.00 flagging down). During the early hours of the morning the same journey would cost £4.00 per mile with a flagging down charge of £6.00 – a total of £34.40.