Taxi licence cost to increase

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VEHICLE licences for taxi drivers in the Mid Suffolk area are set to increase by £50.

The new plans were discussed at a meeting of Mid Suffolk District Council’s licensing committee last Friday.

The fee has remained the same since April 2008.

The £50 increase, bringing the vehicle licence charge up from £220 to £270, includes a £25 fee to cover the cost of checking taxi meters are used properly.

A £15 increase in administration costs, £5 increase for the vehicle plate, and £5 increase for meter calibration testing are also included in the licence cost rise.

The price of driver licences is also set to rise by £30.

The proposed £90 fee will include a £10 administration increase and administration fees for processing the CRB check and DVLA check of £10 each.

A report to the committee said: “Fee levels must be set at a level to recover ‘reasonable’ costs associated with providing the service.

The existing fees to not generate sufficient income to cover the cost of the provision of this mandatory function.”