Guernsey taxi drivers 'face added costs in 2013'

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The president of the Guernsey Taxi Owners Federation says the industry faces increasing costs in 2013.

Geoff Savident said recently introduced requirements, such as Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks, would mean added costs for taxi firms.

However, he suggested rises in fuel costs should be absorbed by companies rather than passengers.

"You can't pass everything on," he said. "You've got to take things on the chin, like every business."

A three mile journey on tariff one (Mon-Fri 07:00-22:00 and Sat-Sun 07:00-19:00) is currently priced at £8.20.

A three-and-a-half mile journey on tariff two (public holidays, Mon-Fri 22:00-07:00 and Sat-Sun 19:00-07:00) costs £12.60.

Taxi drivers in Guernsey are licensed by the Environment Department.

In November, 2011 it informed drivers that CRB checks would be required from 2012 as part of its licensing regime.

A waiting time of up to 80 days for the processing of the checks meant some drivers began 2012 unable to work.

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