GR Direct - Sony - Save up to £300 on selected Bravia OLED & LED TVs
Sunday 19 May 2024
 12.5°C   SE Light Breeze
Ocean Kinetics - The Engineering Experts

News / Rising fuel prices prompt review of taxi fares

THE BASE rate for taxi fares in Shetland could increase by 50p amid concern over the significant rise in fuel costs.

A new suggested base rate for the first three quarters of a mile of £4.50 and £5 overnight – up from £4 and £4.50 – is set to go out to consultation if councillors approve the proposals next week.

The cost per mile after that could also increase by 40p.

For the festive period the base rate is proposed to increase by 75p and 60p per mile after. Excursion rates are also in line to increase by £10 an hour.

A report to councillors says the taxi sector was keen for a review of charges to be held as quickly as possible.

Some unleaded fuel prices in Lerwick yesterday (Thursday) were showing above £1.80 per litre. The invasion of Ukraine earlier this year at the hands of Russia – a prominent oil and gas producer – has seen prices rise.

Taxi tariff changes have already been discussed with operators, but they will go out for a formal consultation if councillors give to go-ahead.

While fuel prices are a factor, it has been three years since the taxi tariffs were last changed.

A review was launched in 2020, but it was paused due to the Covid pandemic, and the industry did not want any changes when the process was restarted last year.

The process could take a number of months before new tariffs are imposed – with a timeline suggesting they would come into effect on 14 October.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.

Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.

Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has  over 600 supporters  who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.

Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -

  • Bring you the headlines as they happen;
  • Stay editorially independent;
  • Give a voice to the community;
  • Grow site traffic further;
  • Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.

If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.

 

Related Stories

Newsletters

Subscribe to a selection of different newsletters from Shetland News, varying from breaking news delivered on the minute, to a weekly round-up of the opinion posts. All delivered straight to your inbox.

Daily Briefing Newsletter Weekly Highlights Newsletter Opinion Newsletter Life in Shetland Newsletter

JavaScript Required

We're sorry, but Shetland News isn't fully functional without JavaScript enabled.
Head over to the help page for instructions on how to enable JavaScript on your browser.

Your Privacy

We use cookies on our site to improve your experience.
By using our service, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.

Browser is out-of-date

Shetland News isn't fully functional with this version of .
Head over to the help page for instructions on updating your browser for more security, improved speed and the best overall experience on this site.

Interested in Notifications?

Get notifications from Shetland News for important and breaking news.
You can unsubscribe at any time.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

We're committed to ensuring everyone has equitable access to impartial, open and quality local journalism that benefits all residents.

By supporting Shetland News, you play a vital role in ensuring we remain a pivotal resource in supporting the community.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.