P.G. Cab Companies Apply to Increase Fares
Prince George, B.C. – Taxi fare rates in Prince George may be going up.
Both Prince George Taxi and Emerald Taxi have applied to the Passenger Transportation Branch to boost their fares.
The companies would like to see their flag rate ( as soon as the meter starts) boosted ten cents to $3.40, the per kilometer rate increased 34 cents to $2.00 per km, and the wait-time rate per hour increased to $39.00 up from the current $35.59.
The current Prince George rates are below the average of many peer communities, which Prince George Taxi lists as Ft. St. John, Courtney, North Cowichan, West Kelowna, Campbell River, Penticton, Vernon, Nanaimo, Kamloops, and Kelowna. Communities P.G. Taxi says are cities closer in size to Prince George.
The average rates of those named communities are :
- flag $3.37
- Per Km $2.17, and
- wait time $41.73
Among the named communities, Prince George has the lowest Per kilometer and wait time rates. Only Kamloops and Penticton have lower flag rates, at $2.80 and $2.75 respectively.
The two cab companies in Prince George have sent copies of their Passenger Transportation Branch requests to Prince George City Council in the event the City would like to submit comments on the application to the Passenger Transportation Branch.