Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Cab Licence Fees May Treble

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Cab Licence Fees May Treble

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OVERHEADS for new taxi drivers and animal welfare operators will soar if proposals to increase licence fees are approved.

Authorities in Stockport also plans to start charging developers for pre-planning advice.

Town hall bosses have tabled a number of proposals in a bid to generate extra cash as the council attempts to balance the books.

For cab drivers, the cost of a new 12-month licence will more than treble from £67 to £245 - and a three-year permit will cost £297.

Meanwhile, to renew a hackney and private licence the cost will reduce from around £189 to £157.

The extra charges could generate £28,000 for the authority.

A council report reads: "Fees for new licences will increase to cover additional costs associated with their applications, such as safeguarding checks. …

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