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Taxi fare hike aims to lift standards

THE state government has increased taxi fares as part of its efforts to improve public transport. Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan, who announced an additional 30 full-time taxi plates in October, has revealed metropolitan and country taxi fares will increase 4.45 per cent in to take effect from December 2. There will also be an increase in surcharges during some peak times. “These changes should encourage taxi operators to meet the needs of their clients and I would expect the industry to respond with better service levels in both these areas,” Ms MacTiernan said. The release of 30 new plates will bring the total number of new conventional taxi plates made available for lease this year to 130. “We are also finding a good response to our current advertising campaign to attract new peak period drivers and will extend the campaign by a month, until Christmas,” Ms MacTiernan said in a statement. “We are serious about improving taxi availability and we have released 202 full-time plates and 157 peak period plates since 2003.”

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