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.
Orkney council proposes new fare scales every 12 months.
By local democracy reporter Andrew Stewart