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17 Taxi fares.S

(1)The fares for the hire of taxis in any area and all other charges in connection with the hire of a taxi or with the arrangements for its hire shall be not greater than those fixed for that area under this section and section 18 of this Act.

(2)It shall be the duty of the licensing authority to fix from time to time scales for the fares and other charges mentioned in subsection (1) above and to review these scales at intervals not exceeding 18 months from the date on which the scales came into effect (whether proceeding upon a review under this section or not).

(3)Before fixing any scales or carrying out any review under this section the licensing authority shall—

(a)consult with persons or organisations appearing to them to be, or be representative of, the operators of taxis operating within their area; and

(b)give notice of their intention by advertisement in a newspaper circulating in their area stating—

(i)the general effect of the proposals and the date when they propose that their decision will take effect; and

(ii)that any person may lodge representations in writing with respect to the proposals within a period of one month after the date of the first publication of the notice; and

(c)consider any such representations duly lodged with them.

(4)Where, under this section, the licensing authority fix any scale or carry out any review they shall forthwith give notice in writing of their decision (including, in the case of a review, a decision to do nothing) to such persons and organisations as they have consulted under subsection (3)(a) above and inform them of the general effect of section 18(1) of this Act.

(5)Notice shall be given for the purposes of subsection (4) above by—

(a)its being sent by recorded delivery letter to the last known addresses of the persons and organisations referred to in subsection (4) above so as to arrive there, in the normal course of post, not later than five days after the decision referred to in subsection (4) above; or

(b)personal service of the notice upon those persons within that time.

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