London black-cab drivers seek Olympics fare rise

Taxi on street Licensed Taxi Drivers Association represents about a third of the capital's 25,000 cabbies

The biggest group representing London's black-cab drivers has demanded fares rise by about 15% during the Olympics.

The Licensed Taxi Drivers Association (LTDA) wants the premium evening rate to be charged in the daytime during the Olympics and Paralympics.

Transport for London (TfL) has until February to make a decision on the proposal.

John Mason, TfL director of taxi and private hire, said the consultation was continuing.

Bob Oddy, chief of LTDA, which represents about a third of the capital's 25,000 cabbies, said: "Our basic proposal is that we bring the evening tariff forward to the daytime, so about a 15% uplift."

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He defended the demand, saying: "Because of the widespread chaos that's been predicted during the Olympic period with regard to road closures and other disruption, 40% of our members are currently saying that's when they're going to take their summer break.

"If we get 40% of cabs off the road, I'm afraid the average passenger won't get a cab at any price. They won't be there."

Mr Mason said: "At the LTDA's request, the proposal has been included in the annual public taxi fare consultation.

"It's for the TfL board to approve a proposal or changes to taxi fares."

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