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News - July 2018

No Fair Increase for Southampton Taxi Trade Since 2014

Earlier this week the government announced the biggest pay rise in over 10 years for over a million public sector workers including teachers, police and the armed forces. But did you know that the Southampton taxi trade has not had a fare increase since 2014? 

When putting in our proposal for a fare increase, we have to follow an antiquated system whereby firstly a proposed fare increase is presented to the Southampton licensing councillors and we are then cross examined by councillors as to why we want a fare increase  - which is slightly bizarre! This system goes back to the 1847 Town and Police Clauses Act where fare increases were decided by commissionaires. In fact, the whole fare structure may even go back to the days of Oliver Cromwell in June 1654 who first licensed the taxi trade in London!

Unfortunately, we seem to be one of the only professions who have to go in front of a panel to decide our fate. Despite this, Southampton City Council still expect us to spend vast sums of money to purchase electric/hybrid vehicles to comply with the clean air policy but will not consider alternative fuel vehicles with lower costs. The whole system is ridiculous.

Posted in News by Admin on 27/07/2018

Southampton Hackney and Private Hire Association - Supporting the Southampton Taxi Trade

The Southampton Hackney Association have been supporting Hackney Carriage taxi drivers since 2001 and our recent change to include Private Hire drivers means we can provide information and help to even more self-employed drivers working in the city of Southampton. 

We regularly consult with Southampton City Council regarding issues which affect the taxi trade and are affiliated to the Associated British Ports enabling us to keep up to date with the latest news relevant to the industry - whether you are a Hackney Carriage or Private Hire taxi driver.

The website serves as a particularly useful resource for current and potential members - here you can read the latest news about our association and wider issues affecting the trade. We are proud to have had over 550 users of the website this month alone!

Southampton Hackney and Private Hire Association welcome new members - if you are interested in joining please come and visit the 'Join Us' page of our website here.

Posted in News by Admin on 05/07/2018

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