Higher fares for festivities

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TAXIS in Southampton will be running on double rates from 11pm on New Year’s Eve.

Members of the city’s taxi trade say the fares, which will last until 6am on New Year’s Day, are to compensate cabbies for having to work antisocial hours.

But they have also warned New Year’s Eve revellers not to pay more than the double-rate and get ripped off.

Taxis will operate time-and-a-half fares on both Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Perry McMillan, chairman of the Southampton cab section of the Unite union, said: “The only time people will be asked to pay double time is the most antisocial time over New Year’s Eve.”

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5:04pm Mon 23 Dec 13

eurogordi says...

There will be plenty of other people working New Year's Eve and not all of those will be on double time! If you choose a particular career path then surely any "anti-social" hours are part of the job.

Having said that, I don't blame the taxi drivers charging double because I personally wouldn't want drunken revellers trashing or throwing up in my vehicle and the repair or cleaning costs that follow.

But I am also concerned that this will put some party goers at risk as they attempt to walk home, perhaps alone, rather than pay the higher fees. I find that prospect very worrying.
There will be plenty of other people working New Year's Eve and not all of those will be on double time! If you choose a particular career path then surely any "anti-social" hours are part of the job. Having said that, I don't blame the taxi drivers charging double because I personally wouldn't want drunken revellers trashing or throwing up in my vehicle and the repair or cleaning costs that follow. But I am also concerned that this will put some party goers at risk as they attempt to walk home, perhaps alone, rather than pay the higher fees. I find that prospect very worrying. eurogordi

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