Taxi fares structure


Notice is hereby given that East Ayrshire Council, being the Licensing Authority in terms of section 17 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982, as amended, propose to alter fares and other charges in relation to taxis licensed with the Council.

In accordance with Section 17(3)(a) of the Act, following consultation with persons or organisations appearing to be, or be representative of, the operators of taxis within the area, it is proposed that as from 1 October 2017, the undernoted Fares Structure will become effective throughout East Ayrshire.

The following shall be the maximum fares, charged by distance, for the hire of a Taxi:

Current Fares as of 1 November 2015

Proposed from 1 October 2017

Fares by Distance


0 to 1320 Yards: £2.75


For each additional 120 yards or part thereof: £0.15




Hires between Midnight and 6am

Surcharge: £1.00


For hires accepted on 25 and 26 December and 1 and 2 January in each year: Double Fare

Midnight on 24 Dec until 6am on 26 Dec & Midnight on 31 Dec until 6am on 2 Jan – Double Fare

5, 6 and 7 seater taxis for each passenger

In excess of 4: £1.25


Waiting time per 5 minute period: £1.80


Taxi called by hirer and not used: £3.00


Radio call charge: £0.50


Fouling charge: £50.00



  1. The fare for any distance in excess of five miles shall be the subject of special agreement. The taximeter must be operated on all hires within the said five mile limit.

  2. Where prior to the acceptance of the hire, the hirer requests to hire by time rather than by distance and the driver agrees, such fare may be charged as proposed by the driver and agreed by the hirer at that time.

  3. If requested by the hirer, the driver shall assist with the loading and unloading of luggage without any extra charge.

  4. Passengers should note that where an operator is registered for VAT purposes, a surcharge, calculated at the rate of Value Added Tax current at the time, may be charged in respect of each hire. The operator must display an appropriate notice to this effect within the vehicle.


The formal consultation period will end on Friday 14 April 2017.

How to comment

You can respond to the consultation via the following:

  • e-mail us at
  • in writing to: Chief Governance Officer, Licensing Unit, Council Headquarters, London Road, Kilmarnock, KA3 7BU

Contact Information

Licensing Board Administration
London Road
East Ayrshire
Telephone: 01563 576005
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