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July 1, 2014 Commences Yet Another Taxi Fare Increase
To App or Not
Im writing this article out of concern that plenty of people are going to be mislead and deceived over the prices and when they kick in.
I know for a fact that Central Coast Taxi's started charging the higher fare without changing the stickers in the vehicles.
So effectively they had not upfront advised consumers of the fair increase before a consumer took the ride.
Taxi drivers have an obligation to advise of the increases. I know this as this happened to me on July 1, 2014 when i used the services of Taxi TC039.
The price increases have purposely been kept quiet to not upset consumers, effectively sneaking the price increase on us. Aside from that it is not upto the consumer to keep upto date on what is happening in the Taxi industry, nor should we be hitting the Transport NSW and Commission for Taxi's before each ride to see which party has decided to increase prices this time.
There is simply not enough honesty and straight forwardness in the Taxi Industry.
I was mislead this morning in passing conversation with a Taxi driver, who commented "that he would not want to be the driver having to tell consumers on a saturday morning that the minimum flag fall to even get in the cab was $6.10".
I immediately checked this out as there is NO WAY consumers should accept such rates.
It turns out after my own investigations that the $6.10 flag fall starts Friday night 10pm ends at 6am Saturday morning and then commences again at 10pm Saturday night until 6am Sunday morning.
I've included the Taxi Rates Tables effective July 1, 2014 as advised by Transport NSW.
Consumers who feel they are being over charged need to make a stand and question the driver before paying. They are not going to call the Police as they are the one's who are criminally ripping you off.
If you have a Taxi driver who says they are not going to run the meter, and then ask you how much you normally pay, they are actually stealing and pocketing the money for themselves.
Consumers should refuse to take the trip, exit the vehicle and find a taxi driver willing to do the correct thing. Consumers are not liable to pay any money to this taxi driver provided you have not travelled half way down the road.
Maximum taxi fares and charges to take effect from 1 July 2014
Schedule 1 - Urban Areas
Applies to taxi-cabs licensed to operate in the following areas:
  • Sydney Metropolitan Transport District
  • Newcastle Transport District
  • Wollongong Transport District
  • Blue Mountains Local Government Area
  • Gosford Local Government Area
  • Wyong Local Government Area
  • Shellharbour Local Government Area, and Cams Wharf, Fern Bay, Minmi, Toronto, Williamtown, Medowie, Campvale, Ferodale, Raymond Terrace, Fassifern, Hexham, Maitland, Beresfield, Fullerton Cove, Tomago, Camden, Picton, Thirlmere, Tahmoor and Bargo.
Hiring Charge
$3.60
Peak Time Hiring Charge
$2.50
This is a fixed surcharge payable in addition to the Hiring Charge for the hiring of a taxi-cab licensed to operate in an Urban Area in respect of a journey commencing between 10pm on a Friday, Saturday or day before a Public Holiday and 6am on the next day.
Distance Rate
Rate 1 - $2.19 per kilometre
Night Distance Rate
Rate 2 - $2.63 per kilometre
This is a fixed amount payable per kilometre, calculated by applying the night-time surcharge of 20% of the Distance Rate, in respect of a journey commencing between 10pm and 6am daily.
Booking Fee
$2.50
Waiting Time
94.4c per minute ($56.68 per hour) while vehicle speed is less than 26 km/h.
Tolls
All road, bridge, ferry, tunnel and airport tolls that apply to the journey, and the return toll for a northbound journey over the Sydney Harbour Bridge or through the Sydney Harbour Tunnel (at the time of crossing)
Maxi-cabs (seating for 5 or more adults, in addition to the driver)
Except in the case of a multiple hiring, up to 150% of the maximum fares and charges (excluding tolls) may be charged if:

when a taxi-cab is booked, a maxi-cab is requested; or a maxi-cab is hired from a taxi zone or street and there are 5 or more adult passengers.

No more than the maximum fare may be charged if a maxi-cab is requested for a group of no more than 4 passengers which includes a passenger using a wheelchair.
Multiple Hirings
75% of the maximum fare may be charged by a taxi driver and is payable by each hiring passenger for a multiple hiring provided that:

all of the hirers commence the hiring of the taxi-cab at the same time, and
each of the hirers agrees that the driver may accept the other hirings, and
all the hirers are travelling to destinations in the same general locality or the same general direction.
Sharing a taxi
100% of the maximum fare paid by the hirer - even if the hirer requires the driver to permit other passengers to share the taxi or to drive to other destinations before driving to the hirer's destination.
Schedule 2 - Country Areas
Applies to taxi-cabs licensed to operate in the following areas:
All areas of New South Wales, except those specified in Schedule 1 (Urban Areas) and Schedule 3 (Exempted Areas)
Hiring Charge
$4.10
Distance Rate
Rate 1 - $2.26 per kilometre, for the first 12 km
Rate 2 - $3.13 per kilometre, in excess of 12 km
Holiday Distance Rate and Night Distance Rate
Rate 3 - $2.71 per kilometre, for the first 12 km
Rate 4 - $3.75 per kilometre, in excess of 12 km

A surcharge of 20% of the Distance Rate in respect of a journey commencing between 10 pm and 6 am daily Rate 3 and Rate 4 apply with respect to the Holiday Distance Rate and Night Distance Rate in Country Areas, which have been calculated by applying a 20% surcharge of the Distance Rate.

The Holiday Distance Rate applies between 6am and 10pm on Sundays and public holidays notified in the NSW Government Gazette.

The Night Distance Rate applies between 10 pm and 6 am daily.
Booking Fee
$1.20
Waiting Time
96.0c per minute ($57.65 per hour) while vehicle speed is less than 26 km/h
Tolls
All road, bridge, ferry, tunnel and airport tolls that apply to the journey, and the return toll for a northbound journey over the Sydney Harbour Bridge or through the Sydney Harbour Tunnel (at the time of crossing)
Maxi-cabs (seating for 5 or more adults, in addition to the driver)
Except in the case of a multiple hiring, up to 150% of the maximum fares and charges (excluding tolls) may be charged if:

when a taxi-cab is booked, a maxi-cab is requested; or a maxi-cab is hired from a taxi zone or street and there are 5 or more adult passengers.

No more than the maximum fare may be charged if the maxi-cab is booked for a group of passengers which includes a passenger using a wheelchair, unless the person who made the booking requested a taxi-cab with seating for 5 or more adult passengers, including the passenger using a wheelchair.
Multiple Hirings
75% of the maximum fare may be charged by a taxi driver and is payable by each hiring passenger for a multiple hiring provided that:

all of the hirers commence the hiring of the taxi-cab at the same time, and
each of the hirers agrees that the driver may accept the other hirings, and
all the hirers are travelling to destinations in the same general locality or the same general direction.
Sharing a taxi
100% of the maximum fare paid by the hirer - even if the hirer requires the driver to permit other passengers to share the taxi or to drive to other destinations before driving to the hirer's destination.
Schedule 3 - Exempted Areas
Applies to taxi-cabs licensed to operate in the following areas:
Moama, Barham, Tocumwal, Mulwala, Barooga and Deniliquin.
Out of Area Trips
Taxis in NSW have a licensed 'area of operation'. The driver of a taxi hired to convey a passenger to a place outside its licensed area of operation is entitled to demand more than the regulated fare. However, the amount must be negotiated and agreed with the passenger before the start of the journey.
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