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Taxi fares to be reduced in Guildford

In November last year, the Council's proposal to reduce taxi fares was postponed as a result of a judicial review challenge from the taxi trade.

The judicial review was heard at the High Court on 7 and 10 November 2017, with judgement handed down on 5 December 2017. The High Court found in our favour and dismissed the challenge.

The judge agreed with the Council's approach and said the decision to use the data it did to set the fares was reasonable, and awarded full costs of £17,875.

The High Court Order suspending the implementation of the fares now ceases to have effect and we can implement the fare rates previously approved in November 2016.

Cllr Graham Ellwood, Lead Councillor for Licensing and Community Safety, said: "We are delighted that the High Court dismissed the challenge to our proposals to reduce fares. The Licensing team had gone to great lengths to consult with the trade to determine the correct input data for calculating the fares, which was recognised in court.

"Setting taxi fares (the rates charged on a taxi's meter by time and distance for a journey) is important to ensure taxi drivers can recover their costs and provide a service at a reasonable cost for the public. It's vital that we set the right rates to ensure this balance and to protect users from being overcharged.

"As a result of the High Court decision, we need to implement these changes. Currently taxi meters are still set to the old rate, meaning customers are now paying too much. Taxi driver and proprietors need to make arrangements to change their taxi meters by Wednesday 20 December, and we have written to the taxi trade advising them of this.

"Now that the busy festive season is in full swing, we want the public to enjoy their celebrations and get home safely. We would remind people celebrating in Guildford to take one of our licensed liveried taxis home, or book a private hire vehicle through one of our licensed operators for a safe journey home, confident in the knowledge that they will be charged fairly for the service."

Published on Tuesday 12 December.