Newport City Council: Please remember the students!
Newport's city centre is proudly displaying posters advertising it as a great city for study, but on Tuesday Councillors are discussing a proposal from the taxi firms to raise the cost of a fare, by increasing the initial charge on the meter to £3, reducing the distance that the initial charge covers from 1200 yards to 600 yards and reducing the distance before the fare goes up each time from every 116 yards to every 112 yards. 'Night' times would also be extended to earlier and later than usual as well as the times considered 'Christmas' and 'New Year's' - where fares are allowed to be doubled, they've also asked for fares at these times to be doubled again.
We believe that taxi fares are high enough already, and that further increases will hit students hard, especially without extensions to the bus service.
Students need taxis to travel for their coursework, travel to and from a night out which brings vital cash into the city centre, and to access local services such as the hospital, and when working on public shows and exhibitions at the Riverfront and other public places that bring culture out of the University and into the city. Vitally, many disabled students rely on the taxi services to access their education and rises will affect the costs of providing this service for them.
We hope you will add your name to this petition, to be presented to the Council to ensure that students' needs are taken into consideration when discussing increases in the cost of travel!
The Argus article can be found here: