As reported two weeks ago, Council approved new higher fares for Cobourg’s Taxis – but they deferred a decision on a fuel surcharge. Taxi owners are struggling to break even and gas at around $1.70/litre is not helping. At the Council meeting on March 14, Council asked staff to report back at the next Committee of the Whole meeting (CoW) and that was tonight (March 28). Brent Larmer provided the report but left a decision to Council. His report said that only a few municipalities on the East Coast have implemented a fuel surcharge but that if a surcharge were to be implemented that taxi meters should be recalibrated and the recommended $1 should be added to the pick-up charge. Councillor Aaron Burchat initially proposed that no surcharge be approved to help affordability but this was not approved.
Councillor Adam Bureau was concerned that Taxis were struggling to break even and we already have a shortage of taxis and long wait times. Deputy Mayor Séguin, Councillor Emily Chorley and Mayor Henderson all spoke in support of Adam’s amendment to add the $1 per trip surcharge subject to the conditions recommended by Brent.
After a relatively short debate, a motion was passed unanimously to implement the $1/trip surcharge. For complete details of the new fares, see the Cobourg Internet page in the Resources below.
- Council Approves New Taxi Fares – Cobourg News Blog post – 15 March 2022
- Brent Larmer’s report
- Cobourg Internet Page re Taxis