Taxi fares in Cork could rise in 2020

Taxi fares in Cork could rise in 2020
Taxi fares in Cork could rise next year. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Taxi fares could rise in the New Year, according to a report released this week.

The National Transport Authority's National Maximum Taxi Fare Review Report 2019 proposes a 4.5% increase in maximum fares.

This would work out as three cent more per minute when compared to current fares. 

The report also contained plans to introduce card payment facilities in all taxis.

The NTA estimates that the cost of operating a taxi has increased by about 4% since 2017. They say their proposal for a 4.5% increase in maximum fares covers this increase and the cost of the new card payment facilities. Any changes would take effect early next year.

The report estimated it costs roughly €42,000 per year to run a taxi.

The NTA report also analysed fares in 28 taximeter zones in eight European countries.

Irish taxi fares were about average for short distances, but cheaper for longer journeys. 

Taxis in Northern Ireland were the cheapest on average. France, Germany and Belgium had the highest fares, with Bruges taxis charging €9.70 per km.

Anne Graham, CEO of the National Transport Authority, said that introducing the card payment option will make taxis more accessible and simpler to use.

"With the potential fare increases in mind, we are now inviting the public to make submissions and let their views be heard on the proposed changes," said Ms Graham.

The public consultation is open until Tuesday, October 29. Consultations can be made through the NTA's website, by emailing MaxFareReview2019@nationaltransport.ie, or by post to Maximum Fares Review 2019, National Transport Authority, Dún Scéine, Harcourt Lane, Dublin 2, D02 WT20. 

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