Hackney carriages in Manchester are set to increase fares.
The increase journey prices is 4.3 per cent following an annual review.
It means a ride in one of the city’s Hackney carriages will cost £7.60 for a three-mile journey during the day and £10 at night under plans due to be approved by councillors this week.
The changes will also allow drivers to start their meters, with a £2.30 charge, after 370 metres – compared to the current 387 metres – or 224 metres at night, between the hours of 10pm and 6am.
Fares will rise by 20p every 174 metres thereafter, instead of 182 metres currently, during daytime hours and every 130m at night. There will also be a rise, from £20 to £30, in the amount drunk passengers have to pay for a cleaning charge if they are sick in the cab.
The changes, which are said to have been agreed by drivers were approved by licensing chiefs yesterday and are due to come into force on June 1.
Coun Nigel Murphy, Manchester’s executive member for the environment, said: “The city council reviews Manchester’s hackney carriage fares annually, using a formula based on factors such as rising fuel and insurance costs.
“This year, after applying the formula, a 5.8 per cent fare increase was indicated, but the committee was concerned about Manchester taxi passengers getting hit in the pocket, as well as black cab drivers potentially getting priced out of the market.
“Following consultation with the trade, a recommendation was made to the committee of an alternative increase of 4.33 per cent.
“The committee and trade have also agreed to look at ways of amending the formula in future years.”
Councillors have refused additional increases to cover the cost of barrier charges for black cabs picking up or dropping off at Manchester Airport and Piccadilly Station.
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