Proposed changes to Hackney Carriage fares

Posted on: Thursday 29 September 2022

Torfaen Council has received a request from the Hackney Carriage trade to increase their fares. Hackney Carriages are the black taxis that can be hired on the taxi ranks in Torfaen or be hailed in the street, and use a meter system to work out the cost of a journey.

The last increase to Hackney Carriage fares was in December 2018, and since then fuel prices, minimum wages and the cost of living have increased. Fees charged by private hire taxis have also increased.

The proposal by the trade is to increase fares by 20% percent for both Tariff 1 and Tariff 2 journeys.

Proposed fees
Proposed HiringProposed Charge

Tariff 1

First 1 mile of part thereof

For each subsequent 110 yards or part thereof




Tariff 2

Journeys commencing between midnight & 6.00am

For each subsequent 120 yards or part thereof




Groups of 5 or more passengers in vehicles licensed for the conveyance of over 4 passengers

Tariff 2

Waiting time for each period of 30 seconds or part thereof


Extra charges

The above fares to be doubled on the following days; Christmas Eve (6pm – midnight), Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Eve (6pm – midnight), New Year’s Day, Easter Monday, spring bank holiday, summer bank holiday, and other bank holidays declared by Parliament of the Welsh Government – Tariff 2


Each animal carried at the drivers’ discretion (except guide, hearing and other assistance dogs which will be carried free of charge unless driver is exempt on medical grounds)


Any soiling of a vehicle may be charged up to a maximum of


Fares for journeys ending outside the area of Torfaen County Borough Council and in respect of which no fare or rate of fare was agreed before the hiring was effected must not exceed the authorised fare scale as shown above.


The Council is seeking views from the public, trade and other interested parties on the proposed changes. Any comments should be sent to: Licensing, Torfaen County Borough Council, Ty Blaen Torfaen, Panteg Way, New Inn, Pontypool, Torfaen, NP4 0LS or email by Wednesday 12 October. Please include your reason/s why you object or support the proposal.

The increase in Hackney Carriage fares will come into force Thursday 13 October 2022 if there are no objections.

If objections are received, they will be considered and a further date for any changes will be set no later than two months after Thursday 13 October 2022.

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