Hackney carriages to be fitted with meters across Epping Forest

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Azid Famu believes the meters will stop passengers being ripped off Azid Famu believes the meters will stop passengers being ripped off

Hackney carriage fares are set to be standardised across Epping Forest from Monday.

All hackney carriages will have taximeters installed with a maximum standard tariff set by Epping Forest District Council.

Azid Famu, chairman of the Epping Forest Taxi Drivers Association, said: “We think it’s a very positive move.

“We have been campaigning for it for the last three years because at the moment drivers can charge what they want.

“It stops the passenger from being ripped off and drivers can charge a rate they can live off.

Ben Murphy, who served as Epping mayor from 2008 to 2009, is unhappy with the new measures claiming fares could rise by 30 per cent.

On Monday he took to Twitter and said: “This will hit local people hard especially our elderly.”

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10:24pm Thu 29 May 14

jackblack007 says...

fares will go up,........no more 3.50 min rates bye bye
fares will go up,........no more 3.50 min rates bye bye jackblack007
  • Score: 10

8:21am Fri 30 May 14

Mister Jones says...

This is a maximum fare for hackney carriages. This means that operators/drivers can charge a lower fare if they wish. Private Hire operators/drivers can still charge what they like.

This is a good thing. Especially when there is a queue for taxies at the end of a night out and drivers want to charge rediculous rates for a 5 mile journey. Customers will now know what the 'Maximum' is and can tell if they are being ripped off. It will also help the war on unlicensed taxis.

Well Done EFDC.
This is a maximum fare for hackney carriages. This means that operators/drivers can charge a lower fare if they wish. Private Hire operators/drivers can still charge what they like. This is a good thing. Especially when there is a queue for taxies at the end of a night out and drivers want to charge rediculous rates for a 5 mile journey. Customers will now know what the 'Maximum' is and can tell if they are being ripped off. It will also help the war on unlicensed taxis. Well Done EFDC. Mister Jones
  • Score: 0

9:44am Fri 30 May 14

jackblack007 says...

do me a favour , efdc cant cope with the regs at the moment, you go to their offices and its chaos, wrong badge, wrong plate , everytime . good luck , the only over charging came from the independant clowns like the one in your story.
do me a favour , efdc cant cope with the regs at the moment, you go to their offices and its chaos, wrong badge, wrong plate , everytime . good luck , the only over charging came from the independant clowns like the one in your story. jackblack007
  • Score: 2

6:22pm Fri 30 May 14

Keefie says...

Actually Jackblack the minimum fare WILL still be £3.50.

As for Mr Famu, the 'leader' of the EFTA which represents about 5% of the EFDC taxi trade, well come Monday he's in for a bit of a shock. Most of the established local firms will be charging well under the new rates, as they are allowed to do. So my advice for the general public is DON'T get in a cab that is not from a firm that you know. Maybe Mr Famu will set up a new firm, he could call it Dick Turpin Cars. Stand and deliver !!!!!!!!!!!
Actually Jackblack the minimum fare WILL still be £3.50. As for Mr Famu, the 'leader' of the EFTA which represents about 5% of the EFDC taxi trade, well come Monday he's in for a bit of a shock. Most of the established local firms will be charging well under the new rates, as they are allowed to do. So my advice for the general public is DON'T get in a cab that is not from a firm that you know. Maybe Mr Famu will set up a new firm, he could call it Dick Turpin Cars. Stand and deliver !!!!!!!!!!! Keefie
  • Score: 3

6:26pm Fri 30 May 14

Keefie says...

Too add.

Why does the Guardian continue to give EFTA coverage ??? They don't represent me or 95% of the EFDC cabbies.

Maybe the Guardian would like to comment ?????
Too add. Why does the Guardian continue to give EFTA coverage ??? They don't represent me or 95% of the EFDC cabbies. Maybe the Guardian would like to comment ????? Keefie
  • Score: 3

5:09pm Sun 1 Jun 14

stickmanny says...

Does Uber cover Epping? If so all this is old news.

Another sector of the economy swept away by internet giants. Not sure if we should be pleased with the improvement in service or worried that our kids will have no jobs. Maybe both.
Does Uber cover Epping? If so all this is old news. Another sector of the economy swept away by internet giants. Not sure if we should be pleased with the improvement in service or worried that our kids will have no jobs. Maybe both. stickmanny
  • Score: 0

8:38pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

Keefie wrote:
Too add.

Why does the Guardian continue to give EFTA coverage ??? They don't represent me or 95% of the EFDC cabbies.

Maybe the Guardian would like to comment ?????
You have hogged the cowboy end of the market for too long. Cherry picking jobs and treating people like scum.
[quote][p][bold]Keefie[/bold] wrote: Too add. Why does the Guardian continue to give EFTA coverage ??? They don't represent me or 95% of the EFDC cabbies. Maybe the Guardian would like to comment ?????[/p][/quote]You have hogged the cowboy end of the market for too long. Cherry picking jobs and treating people like scum. Villagecranberry
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