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|Cabs Get Night Time Fare Rise
- Mayor in move to increase taxi availability
BLACK cabs could be easier to find at night time if, as expected, a proposal by London's Mayor to increase taxi fares gets the go-ahead from drivers.
Drivers are currently allowed to charge an extra 60p after 9pm and an extra 90p after midnight, amounts which appear too small to attract sufficient numbers of cabs onto the streets of London.
Mayor Ken Livingstone proposes a 50 per cent differential between day and night time fares, with the switch over coming at 8pm, the kind of increase long campaigned for by cabbies.
But there is a sting in the tale for drivers. Traditionally, they have been able to turn down fares that take them outside of a six mile zone centred on Charing Cross, but Livingstone wants to increase this to 12 miles.
The next step is for the proposal to be put to London's 36,000 licensed cab drivers. It is thought many will be unhappy with the 12 mile rule and insiders expect a compromise to be thrashed out, perhaps at 10 miles. The new system could be in place as soon a September.