Taxi firm in threat to move out of Hyndburn

Taxi firm in threat to move out of Hyndburn

Taxi firm in threat to move out of Hyndburn

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Hyndburn reporter

ONE of Hyndburn’s biggest taxi firms has threatened to move out of the borough in the light of proposed fee increases.

Max Cabs, in Ranger Street, Accrington, said plans to raise licensing fees from £200 to £203 plus £6.70 per vehicles a year for firms with more than five cars were ‘a kick in the teeth’.

The fees hike was revealed at a council meeting on Wednesday, as councillors voted to change the borough’s taxi policy after a public consultation.

The cabinet voted to impose emissions targets on drivers, ban wrap-around advertising, and force drivers to install swivel seats for disabled passengers.

Firms with less than five cars will also see fees rise, from £200 to £227 a year, with three-year licences being made unavailable. A spokesman for Max Cabs said: “If we advertise in the paper tomorrow asking for hackney drivers from other boroughs, they will flock.”

He added: “We can move our business. We could work from Rossendale, and then they would lose revenue and control. We don’t want to do that but we can do it.”

A council report put to the cabinet on Wednesday said staff had compiled a ‘detailed record of the time’ spent dealing with taxi operators, and found larger firms such as Max Cabs took up more time.

By law, councils cannot make money from licensing fees, and deputy council leader Joan Smith said it wasn’t ‘fair for taxpayers to subsidise’ firms.

She said: “The proposals regarding the licensing fees will be published and taxi drivers will have 28 days to respond if they don’t like the fees.”

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5:29pm Fri 6 Jun 14

HarryBosch says...

See ya! Don't come back!
See ya! Don't come back! HarryBosch
  • Score: 51

6:04pm Fri 6 Jun 14

churchman says...

no other council would put up with you.your full of crap.
no other council would put up with you.your full of crap. churchman
  • Score: 48

10:04pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Mr Blunt says...

Let's hope they do move out of the town .... Most drivers have no road sense!!
Let's hope they do move out of the town .... Most drivers have no road sense!! Mr Blunt
  • Score: 54

10:51pm Fri 6 Jun 14

maxcollie says...

KEEP DEATH OFF THE ROADS
KEEP DEATH OFF THE ROADS maxcollie
  • Score: 49

11:01pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Fartonadingleshead says...

Nobody cares. If you taxi firms can't manage a few quid rise in rates then were all better off without you. What are you going to do? Move around like gypsies everytime a rate rise comes?
Am sure you will be replaced and not missed!
Nobody cares. If you taxi firms can't manage a few quid rise in rates then were all better off without you. What are you going to do? Move around like gypsies everytime a rate rise comes? Am sure you will be replaced and not missed! Fartonadingleshead
  • Score: 49

7:14am Sat 7 Jun 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Prove it's not an idle threat and get on with it Cr*p service ignorant drivers, bad road manners !! the area will be far safer without you good riiddance The sooner you go the better for everyone.
Prove it's not an idle threat and get on with it Cr*p service ignorant drivers, bad road manners !! the area will be far safer without you good riiddance The sooner you go the better for everyone. ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 48

2:03pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Elegant1 says...

Since when have any price rises not been passed on to the customer? Ultimately it is us that carries the can. It strikes me that there are too many taxi-cabs on the road in Accrington anyway so I would say go ahead! I am sure that you will be replaced quickly if needed!
Since when have any price rises not been passed on to the customer? Ultimately it is us that carries the can. It strikes me that there are too many taxi-cabs on the road in Accrington anyway so I would say go ahead! I am sure that you will be replaced quickly if needed! Elegant1
  • Score: 45

4:11pm Sat 7 Jun 14

maxcollie says...

BYE BYE
BYE BYE maxcollie
  • Score: 42

3:54pm Fri 13 Jun 14

patriotno1 says...

whinge whinge,try working for a living,not sitting on your behinds.don't bother coming to rossendale we don't want you either.
whinge whinge,try working for a living,not sitting on your behinds.don't bother coming to rossendale we don't want you either. patriotno1
  • Score: 11

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