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Council denies taxi rate increase


City Council has denied its support to a proposed 33 per cent increase of taxi cab fares in the City.

At Tuesday night’s council meeting, the City’s only cab company, Teco Taxi, submitted a request for the City to support an increase to both its flag rate and distance rate.

Councilor Ackerman says there’s no reason why rates should increase that significantly.

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Last year, Fort St. John Cabs Ltd. and Teco Taxi were granted a 27% increase by the Passenger Transportation Board.  Both companies reported they were losing money for 10 years.

Since then, the companies have merged into one.

Mayor Bruce Lantz says the majority of people who use this service are seniors and lower income families.

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Currently the flag rate for the company sits at $4.05 and the distance rate is $2.32 per kilometre.

Council voted unanimously to not support Teco Taxi’s request.

Nearly a year ago, council recieved a proposal for another cab company to operate in the City. However, the company did not go ahead with the plan.

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