asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that petrol, tyres and other costs of running taximeter cabs have increased; that the cost of living has also increased; that petrol for taximeter cabs is restricted; that taximeter cab-drivers have carried out their vocation in arduous war-time conditions with courage and diligence; and whether, in these circumstances he will authorise an increase in fares?
I am of course aware of the considerations mentioned by my hon. Friend, but the information at present in my possession does not suggest that there is need for a change. So far as London is concerned, one result of war time conditions is that taxi-cabs are much more continuously employed. In provincial towns the scale of fares is fixed by by-laws made by the local authority and confirmed by the Minister of Health.