Council committee backs proposals to keep maximum taxi fares the same

Orkney Islands Council proposes new fare scales every 12 months.

Council committee backs proposals to keep maximum taxi fares the same VictorHuang via iStock
Taxi: Orkney Islands Council proposes new fare scales every 12 months.

Orkney Islands Council’s licensing committee has backed proposals for maximum taxi fares to remain the same after May 1 next year.

The committee met on Thursday and agreed that the proposed fare scales for mainland Orkney and the county’s linked south isles should now go out to public consultation.

A report will then be prepared for the committee’s meeting in March next year.

The current maximum rates:

  • £4.50 for the first mile and £2 for each mile thereafter between 7am and 8.59pm.
  • £5.50 for the first mile and £2.40 for each mile thereafter from 9pm to 6.59am, and from 7am to 8.59pm on Orkney’s County Show day.
  • There are also a third set of fares of £6.50 for the first mile and £2.90 for every mile thereafter during the Christmas and New Year holidays.
  • Other additional fares, for example £120 for car fouling, are also used.
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Orkney council proposes new fare scales every 12 months.

By local democracy reporter Andrew Stewart