15% Black Cab Fare Rise Proposed For Olympics

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 80 months ago
15% Black Cab Fare Rise Proposed For Olympics

Black cab fares could go up by 15-20% during the Olympics, if TfL agrees to a proposal by the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association.

The LTDA say 40% of members are planning to take their summer holidays during the Games to avoid the predicted jams caused by road closures, Games Lanes (which cabs are trying to get access to) and other disruption. The BBC quotes LTDA head Bob Oddy as saying:

"Our basic proposal is that we bring the evening tariff forward to the daytime, so about a 15% uplift... If we get 40% of cabs off the road, I'm afraid the average passenger won't get a cab at any price. They won't be there."

Tube workers have agreed a pay deal for working during the Olympics so the cabbies feel their request is not unreasonable, given the possibility of sitting forever in traffic with no passengers (though of course the flipside is sitting forever in traffic with passengers) and the general expectation of chaos on the roads. The Evening Standard still reckons they're holding TfL to "ransom" - though their article makes the point that minicabs can charge whatever they like, whereas black cabs are limited to set tariffs. TfL has until February to make a decision.

Every Olympics has its scare-story in the build up - Athens: will the stadia be ready on time? Beijing: will the pollution affect the athletes? - and it looks like traffic and transport is going to be ours.

Photo by Martin H from the Londonist Flickr pool

Last Updated 13 November 2011


I'd be rather inclined to point out to the Black Can drivers that if they don't want to do the job, then there are a few thousand minicabs who would jump at the opportunity.

Just need to set up a short-term licensing procedure for the minicabs to operate as hail/ride taxis during the Olympics within suitable areas.


The tube workers ask for a pay deal on the olympics but they didn't ask for a raise of 15% - 20% in the travel cards, didn't they? If the black taxis want to charge whatever they want Plymouth in the wrong profession, please apply for the PCO license.

John Kennedy

London taxi-cab drivers do not want or seek a 15% meter increase for working whilst the Olympics are on in London. The taxi trade representative on the board of TFL is out of touch with rank and file taxi-cab drivers and the Mayor isn't listening to ordinary taxi-cab drivers. Drivers seek access to the Olympic route network because they know that increased traffic/congestion will adversely affect their businesses and increase the cost to users/consumers. If the ODA and TFL cannot or will not allow taxis access to the ORN there is a compromise position where taxis would or could be allowed to cross or turn right and across these lanes when they operate to allow us to continue to provide Londoners with a knowledgeable taxi service across the capital. 

The people responsible for asking for this increase should do the taxi trade a favour and resign the positions they hold. I just hope the Mayor of London is awake and prepared to listen to ordinary taxi-cab drivers and not the fools his representatives talk to at TFL. I urge Londoners and taxi-cab drivers to contact the Mayor at mayor@london.gov.uk and let him know that a meter increase is not required but access to the ORN is !


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I'm not sure it's fair but I believe people are renting out aparments and hotel rooms at an increased rate so I guess the Black Cabbies want to do the same. I would be interested to see how they came upon this info.