North Norfolk Labour Party has accused the District Council of taking local taxi drivers “for a ride” as it plans new charges that will make them some of Norfolk’s most expensive.
Labour claims the leading Conservative group has failed to listen to concerns of taxi drivers in the district as it plans to hike up vehicle licenses from £138.43 to £190 a year. This is over £60 more expensive than charges in South Norfolk, Norwich, and West Norfolk.
Furthermore, under the proposals, a taxi driver’s license will increase from £48.82 a year to £56.00. An operator’s license for firms will also increase from £145.33 to £150, and £190 for hackney carriage operators.
Denise Burke from North Norfolk Labour Party said:
“Our District and County Council are making north Norfolk a “no go” zone with increased car parking fees now in place, axed bus services, as well as increased bus fares because of cuts to bus subsidies. Now they are taking the taxi drivers for a ride too.”
“The Conservatives at North Norfolk District Council consulted the taxi drivers on these changes but the proposed fees rises have not changed. It’s another case of them failing to listen to the people they are meant to represent.”
The proposals were approved by the licencing committee in March and will be discussed by full council on April 18th.
|Council||Cost of a private hire / hackney vehicle license|
|West Norfolk||£112 – £115|
|Norwich||£113 – £132|
|North Norfolk||£190 (Currently £138.43)|