For the first time in six years, the cost of hopping in a taxi on the Isle of Wight is going up. 

It follows a vote by the Isle of Wight Council’s Licensing Committee last night (Monday).

As reported by Isle of Wight Radio, the cost of travelling in a Hackney Carriage – taxis that have not been pre-booked – is to increase by 10p per mile, to £1.90.

The initial cost of entering the taxi will also go up by 50p.

These changes will apply to journeys made between 8am and 8pm, excluding bank holidays.

Just one amendment was made yesterday evening, with the local authority removing a proposed surcharge of up to 10% for people using a credit card, as the government made such charges illegal last year.