This consultation is now closed. If you have any queries please get in touch with Licensing Board Administration.


To consider a proposal to review the taxi fares structure with a start date of Wednesday 1 June 2022.

Proposal document

Background to the consultation can be found within the Review of Taxi Fares report (PDF 1.6Mb) which was considered by the Local Government Licensing Panel on Monday 7 March 2022.

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

Taxi fares by distance:
DescriptionCurrent fares from 1 June 2019Proposed fares from 1 June 2022
0 to 1320 yards £3 £4
For each additional 115 yards or part thereof £0.15 125 yards, £0.20
Hires between midnight and 6am £1 £2
Hires between:
  • midnight on 24 December until 6am on 26 December and
  • midnight on 31 December until 6am on 2 January
Double fare No change
5, 6, 7 and 8 seater taxis for each passenger in excess of 4 £1.25 £2
Waiting time per five minute period £1.95 No change
Taxi called by hirer and not used £3 £4
Radio call charge £0.50 £1
Fouling charge £50 No change
The effect of these proposals:
Description1.5 miles2 miles2.5 miles3 miles5 miles
East Ayrshire current (from 1 June 2019) £4.80 £6 £7.05 £8.25 £12.90
East Ayrshire proposed (from 1 June 2022) £6.20 £7.60 £9 £10.40 £16


  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.

Consultation period

The formal consultation will end on Wednesday 6 April 2022.

How to comment

Any person wishing to respond to the consultation may do so by:

  • writing to the Chief Governance Officer, Licensing Unit, Council Headquarters, London Road, Kilmarnock, KA3 7BU
  • emailing

Next steps

Following the consultation, the Local Government Licensing Panel will consider any comments received.

Contact Information


Licensing Board Administration
London Road
East Ayrshire
Telephone: 07557 168826