Licence cost freeze for Burnley cabbies

CABBIES in Burnley have been offered a licence fee freeze - if they agree to a new appointments system for hackney carriage and private hire drivers.

Councillors sitting on the borough’s licensing committee have been asked to approve a zero-rated increase for 2014-15.

But drivers must agree to abide by an appointments regime for queries at the Contact Centre in Parker Lane to cut down on costs.

The three-year drivers’ licence fee is £240 and for a single year it is £82.50.

The licence fee for vehicles under three years old is £87 and over three years old is £58.

Currently, there is a drop-in arrangement - but cabbies have complained of hour-long waiting times so a pilot appointment system has been in place for the past 10 months each morning.

Environment official Karen Davies said in a report: “The appointment system has eliminated waiting times through the morning.

“But because it is not well used by the trade, there continue to be periods of excessive waiting through the afternoon.”

She has told councillors that staff can be more easily redeployed for vacant appointment slots, so the counter service operates more efficiently.

Taxi income has been lower over the past 12 months because it is the third year of new three-year driver licences, councillors have heard.

Last April a surplus fund held £45,481 for the trade but this has dipped to £26,101 currently and should be around £3,376 by 2015.

Councillors have been recommended to inject an extra £22,365 to top up the surplus fund.

Trade representatives are said to have been agreeable to the freeze but a final decision will be made when the committee meets at Burnley Town Hall on Tuesday (Mar18).

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6:57pm Sat 15 Mar 14

BURNLEYITE40 says...

theyll use there brothers to save more
theyll use there brothers to save more BURNLEYITE40
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8:59am Sun 16 Mar 14

DoggydogNo1 says...

Does that mean there will be a price freeze on fares too then?
Does that mean there will be a price freeze on fares too then? DoggydogNo1
  • Score: 3

10:46am Sun 16 Mar 14

psch says...

Why treat the Taxi Drivers with kid gloves. Don't keep to the appointment system no licence; if the reserve fund is decreasing increase the fee - simple.
The council is the first to moan about lack of funding, yet they seem unable to take obvious decisions.
Why treat the Taxi Drivers with kid gloves. Don't keep to the appointment system no licence; if the reserve fund is decreasing increase the fee - simple. The council is the first to moan about lack of funding, yet they seem unable to take obvious decisions. psch
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6:53pm Sun 16 Mar 14

the white witch says...

freeze or no freeze half of the taxi drivers don`t have a licence anyway, and if they do it belongs to a family member.
freeze or no freeze half of the taxi drivers don`t have a licence anyway, and if they do it belongs to a family member. the white witch
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4:12pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Truth will out says...

The licence fee should be absolutely jacked-up for vehicles over 3 years old. Only way to keep some of these death-traps off the roads.
The licence fee should be absolutely jacked-up for vehicles over 3 years old. Only way to keep some of these death-traps off the roads. Truth will out
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4:26pm Mon 17 Mar 14

zabby says...

Why don't we make things simple,do away with all private taxi firms and have a council run taxi service,which can be taxed,and all drivers would be crb checked,,,there's lots of money to be made most taxi drivers in burnley now live up reedley and rent houses out in danceshouse ,duke bar and queens gate,it's got to be a winner for the council and residents,plus it would be a much safer way for the public getting home safe at night without being overcharged and abused if you ask for a reciept
Why don't we make things simple,do away with all private taxi firms and have a council run taxi service,which can be taxed,and all drivers would be crb checked,,,there's lots of money to be made most taxi drivers in burnley now live up reedley and rent houses out in danceshouse ,duke bar and queens gate,it's got to be a winner for the council and residents,plus it would be a much safer way for the public getting home safe at night without being overcharged and abused if you ask for a reciept zabby
  • Score: -1

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