Council defers decision on Melton taxi fare increases

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Taxi passengers in the Melton borough could soon be paying more in fares if a request from cabbies is approved by the council.

Members of the licensing comittee deferred a decision on the increase at their latest meeting when they considered raising fares for the first time in nearly five years.

A report which went before councillors stated that taxi drivers felt the rise would help offset rising inflation and increases in the cost of fuel since the last increase, which was adopted in April 2014.

Stuart Wilkinson, a driver with the town’s Elaine’s Taxis wrote to the council to request a review of fares and says he is backed by a quarter of cabbies currently working in the borough.

A Melton Council spokesperson said: “The Licensing Committee deferred their decision regarding taxi fare increases until they have received further information which will better inform their decision.

“A report will be considered by the Licensing Committee in the coming months.”