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Changes pitched for Prince Rupert taxi service

Those riding in Skeena Taxis may be paying a bit more in the months ahead.

The company has filed an application with the B.C. Passenger Transportation Board for an increase to the base meter fare, the per kilometre fare and the fee for time spent waiting for passengers.

The application, which was published on July 23, calls for the initial flag rate to rise 30 cents, from $2.90 to $3.20. The cost per kilometre after that would increase from $1.67 to $1.93, an increase of 27 cents per kilometre.

For those requiring a taxi to wait, the rate for waiting time would increase $4.80 per hour from $35.21 to

$40.01.

But the change to fares is not the only change for passengers. The B.C. Transportation Board announced that, effective July 16, drivers and companies could now charge a $75 fee "to passengers who soil or damage the interior of a vehicle with bodily fluids or solids".

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