Tuesday 17 July 2018

Revealed: How standard taxi charges in Dublin compare to 20 major cities

And we tell you the magic word that gets you a special short-journey fare in Berlin

Taxi drivers queue up to have their meters changed after this week's price change in Ireland
Taxi drivers queue up to have their meters changed after this week's price change in Ireland

Sean Nolan

Standard taxi charges in Dublin are among the highest in a study of more than 20 major cities, Independent.ie can reveal

Dublin's standard daytime charge of €3.60 is more expensive than other capital cities such as London and Paris.

Only Berlin, Copenhagen and Zurich had a higher standard charge in our study.

The data shows that even smaller European cities such as Lisbon and Brussels have cheaper fares than Dublin for the customer at the point they enter a taxi.

Of the 21 cities Independent.ie looked at across the globe, Cape Town in South Africa had the cheapest standard daytime charge, at just €0.80.

The highest cost, and the city generally credited with having the most expensive taxis in the world, was Zurich, where the standard charge was €5.68.

Dublin is also more expensive than neighbouring cities with Belfast charging €3.42, London charging €2.96 and Edinburgh charging €2.38.

Berlin's charge of €3.90 is high for a city that has a lower than average cost of living but they do have a 'short-trip' fare known as a Kurzstrecke.

If you ask for this fare when you enter a taxi you can travel for up to two kilometers for €5.

The study comes as taxi fares in Ireland increased this week by 3.2pc, the first increase since 2014. The standard charge of €3.60 between 8am and 8pm did not change.

The change saw many drivers off the road for hours while they had their meters adjusted.

The queue, outside taxi service company Skan ATM in Finglas, began at 6am on February 1 according to a driver at the scene and by lunchtime the queue contained 150 drivers.

"I arrived at 10am and I am still in the queue," a driver called Adeel told Independent.ie just before 1pm.

"I can't work without the upgrade,"he added. "I could, but I would be offering customers the old, lower price.

"It would be better for them but if I was inspected the National Transport Authority (NTA) would fine me for having an incorrect meter," Adeel added.

According to the NTA website "Operating with a taximeter not appropriately calibrated and verified will attract a fine of €60 up to €250 depending on the circumstances."

The fare increase, signed off by the NTA in September, will add 30 cent to a standard €10 fare.

A number of attempts to contact Skan ATM this afternoon were unsuccessful.

Meanwhile, we asked Independent.ie readers this week if they believe that taxi fares in Ireland are value for money?

A total of votes were counted with 59 people agreeing that taxi fares are good value for money, while 239 people disagreed.

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