Rae Pringle gets people from A to B.
Rae Pringle gets people from A to B. Shannon Newley

State is to blame for taxi fares

WARWICK taxi fares will be among the highest in the country but local cab company owner Nancy Miller said the decision to raise fares was not hers.

“We have no control over what the fees are,” she said.

“That is up to the State Government.”

She said Queensland taxis battled some of the highest overheads in the country but the “wheels just had to keep turning” on her six-car fleet.

“Driver insurance has doubled this year, car registration is $7000,” she said.

“It is much higher here than anywhere else.

“But everything goes up, nothing stays the same.”

She said there was a twice-yearly review of taxi fares by Queensland Transport and Main Roads but this didn't always equate to a fare rise.

“It's generally once a year, not every six months as it could be,” Mrs Miller said.

She said the actual rise would only add up to about five cents per kilometre increase per journey with the average fare in the Warwick area coming in at about $10.

Mrs Miller said she wasn't expecting a backlash, with people understanding it was “just a sign of the times”.

“Generally the public support us very well, our drivers are doing an absolutely wonderful job,” she said.

The rise comes after the State Government approved a 2.39 per cent increase – kicking off this Saturday.

The rate per kilometre will go from $1.95 to $2.06 with the flag fall cost jumping 10 cents to $2.90 for day travel.

The rise was requested by the Taxi council of Queensland and has put the state's fares on par with Sydney.

The last increase was a 4.2 per cent rise this time last year.

One transport company which won't be putting up its prices is RCW Drive.

Owner of the Warwick-based company, Rae Pringle said the fees had stayed the same since their inception four years ago and they worked on a set-rate system.

“We can't use a metre because then we are classed as a taxi,” she said.

The company also offered an extra service.

“My mother and I both go to the pick up and one of us will drive your car home so you don't have to pick it up in morning,” she said.

“It's a service for responsible drivers.”



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