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A row about rules which mean Dudley borough private hire cars must be painted white came to a head at a meeting of the authority's taxi's committee last month.
Councillors threw out an application for a relaxation of the rules from the Dudley Private Hire and Taxi Association, who argue white has become a popular colour for car buyers which has increased demand and pushed up prices.
The Dudley Private Hire and Taxi Association, which has around 600 members, says white cars can cost up to £2,000 more than similar vehicles in other colours.
The Law Commission is currently reviewing the laws on taxi and private hire licencing.
Under the proposals wedding (and funeral) cars would no longer be exempted and forced to register as a private hire vehicle.
Classic and vintage wedding cars are often supplied by small companies and individuals who do a few weddings each year to earn enough money to keep their cars on the road.
Private hire vehicles (the ones you call when you want a lift home) can work 7 days a week 365 days a year thereby justifying the high costs involved in purchasing a private hire licence, annual testing, operator’s licence, CRB, DSA test and drivers medicals. The cost of a private hire licence would be prohibitive and many classic car owners would no longer be able to offer their cars to brides.
If you do not object to wedding cars becoming private hire cars, by next year you may well find that there are virtually no classic or vintage cars available for weddings and those that are operating will be very expensive.
ARE YOU LIKE ME?
My name is Shaun Fallows and I’m a disabled volunteer in Wigan. Many times I have been struggling to get adapted taxis at certain times of day and night which has affected my social life as I have had to stop going out.
I would like to start a campaign to see a greater number of accessible vehicles in Wigan Borough. No donations needed but please support my online petition. Without everyone together it won’t change.
The San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency is hearing plans that could raise the fares of some rides by more than 70%. And if you're picked up from home during rush hour, your fare could nearly double.
This includes a $5 surcharge for at-home pick up during rush hours and a $1/mile increase in meter charge.
Taxi fares have not been increased since 2003 whereas we have experienced a 19% inflation since then. In addition, gas prices have nearly doubled.
It is absolutely vital to ensure that the drivers are compensated fairly with a living wage and provided with the necessary benefits (e.g. health coverage). The "gate charge" that taxi drivers must pay as their rent for their cabs have risen sharply. In addition, the taxi drivers have been hit hard by gas prices because they must pay for their own gas.
However, it is not fair that the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency's only solution is to make San Franciscans and tourists pay dramatically more when there are many other solutions to this proposed taxi rate increase.
For example, the taxi companies could change their fleet to hybrid cars, saving the taxi drivers money on gas while saving the environment. In addition, we can help the taxi drivers get more business by urging the MTA to put more efforts into installing a city-wide dispatch system for more efficient service, making it more convenient for drivers, dispatchers, and customers.
Using new technology and Gov 2.0 practices, we can all work together to make the taxi system more efficient and profitable to help the drivers, passengers, MTA, and San Francisco.
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We are concerned by the fact that women are vulnerable to attack when getting into vehicles masquerading as taxis, or private hire cars.
In many of our towns and cities, private hire cars or taxis have only small plates on the rear to identify them. These are relatively easy to fake, especially in the dark.
We believe that all taxis and private hire cars should have a permanent sign attached to their roof. This makes them easily and readily identifiable as a tax, even if it is late at night and alcohol has been consumed by the potential passenger.
This is a time when women are most vulnerable and believe that a taxi is safe. Making legitimate taxis very clearly identifiable will help keep women safe.
Small community 12km from Enderby with a pub and many senior residents needs taxi service. Taxi service stops 4 km short of the community! (more info added tomorrow).
There have been many many letters written to the Forum about the unhappiness of commuters toward the current taxi industry. There hasn't been much of a response to these letters from the relevant authorities or parties.
Many people feel the industry can be improved on issues such as abolishing surcharges, not increasing fares and standardizing taxi fares. Obviously some pointers can be learnt from countries like Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand where there are always an abundance of taxis to serve commuters.
There are also lots of visitors to Singapore who are starting to complain about the availability of taxis in Singapore.
Please read the letter to the Straits Times which can be found at the link below:
Current meter rates start at $2.50. This has remained unchanged since 1999, and is currently the lowest price in Canada.
We are asking for a starting rate of $3.25.