Taxi trade representative, Terry Stockton, said, “With Christmas coming, a lot of our customers are going to be feeling the pinch this year and we did not think it was right that we should be asking for a fare rise.
“Like every other business we have faced increased costs but we have decided not to pass them on to our customers – we know this would cause real difficulties for those who rely on Hackney cabs. It’s our early present to those people who support the taxi trade.”
Taxi drivers are under financial pressures themselves with the increase of fuel, UK taxi insurance and high maintenance costs, however this is a welcome to people who use taxis on a daily basis.
The present rate for Hackney cabs during the day is £2.20 for the first 330 years then 20p for each of the following 232 yards up to 11,002 years. After that for each 330 years it costs 30p.
The costs for the night between 11pm and 6am, the equivalent rate is £2.75 and 25p.
The Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, welcomed the fare freeze and said, “The drivers are to be congratulated on not trying to increase the burden on people in these difficult economic times.
“Despite being under financial pressures themselves they have clearly recognised that a lot of people are struggling to make ends meet and this gesture will be appreciated.”