Taxi fares in Ottawa could increase by 10% in June

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It will cost you more to hail a cab in Ottawa next month.

A report by the Community and Protective Services Committee recommends a 10% increase in taxi meter fares, the first increase in taxi fares in 12 years.

If approved, the drop rate will increase by $0.35 to $3.80, while the cost per kilometer will increase by two cents.

City staff say the cost of a 10km trip would increase from $21.78 to $24.42, while the cost of a 15km trip would increase from $3.80 to $34.88 .

Coventry Connections and the union representing taxi drivers sent a letter to Ottawa’s director of municipal and regulatory services, Roger Chapman, in February asking for a 10% increase in taxi fares.

“Unfortunately, we are no longer able to continue operating without an increase in revenue, which means an increase in the meter,” reads the letter signed by Coventry Connections chairman Marc Andre Way and the president of the local. 1688 of Unifor, Ali Enad.

The letter says insurance rates have risen 35% since 2012, vehicles are more expensive to buy, and fuel prices have fallen from $1.28 per liter in 2012 to $1.63 per liter. liter in February, when the letter was sent. Gasoline was selling for $1.99 a liter on Tuesday.

“Because of these and other unavoidable cost increases, the taxi industry is requesting a meter increase that would reflect an overall 10% increase (combination of increased drop rate and rate per kilometer)” , indicates the letter.

The Community and Protective Services Committee will discuss the proposal at its May 19 meeting. If council approves the 10% taxi fare increase, the fare hike will begin on June 11.


Airport rates

The letter from Coventry Connections and Unifor Local 1688 also calls for a new minimum fare for all trips beginning at Ottawa Airport.

“We are also requesting that a minimum charge of $20.00 be applied to all travel originating from the airport. We are requesting that the flat rate be added to new rate cards. We would amend the pricing information at airport,” the letter reads. .

The report to council, written by Chapman, does not address the request for a minimum fee for travel from the airport.

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