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    Taxi Levy ex Mayflower Terminal Southampton

    Disembarking at the Mayflower Terminal last Thursday I took a taxi from the rank. The driver asked me for £1 to give to the "taxi controller" He said this was obligatory. This a new one to me and there was no receipt. Does anyone know: Why this is necessary?. Who gets the money? Is the authority ( ABP/Southampton Council) complicit?

    #2
    Sounds dodgy to me. I haven't come across it before,

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      #3
      This has been in practice for the last couple of years, I have no idea who the money goes to but would assume the port authority.
      Jo

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        #4
        Originally posted by Cooke, Ashby View Post
        Sounds dodgy to me. I haven't come across it before,
        I think it was implemented by APB last year. It's to do with improving the marshalling of taxi ranks at all the terminals. I assumed it was in the fare though as we've never had to give an 'extra £1'.
        Last edited by Mrs M; 30th May 2015, 04:40 PM.

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          #5
          only pay what is on the meter, any argument ask him to call the police.

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            #6
            While waiting for a taxi at Mayflower Terminal on Thursday we were talking to the controller who was doing an excellent job in directing people to the next available taxi, we commented that this was a big improvement on the last time we took a taxi from Mayflower Terminal when it was a free for all, he explained that if you want to go 200 yards down the road or 200 miles the next available taxi has to accept you. Apparently previously to this taxi drivers were refusing local journeys in favour of long distance journeys. When we paid our taxi driver at the end of our journey £1 was added to the fare for the controller.
            Oriana
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              #7
              heathrow has had this for years but no surcharge.

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                #8
                Hi all
                Liverpool Airport had this for years,a £2 levy,they told you it was extra as soon as you got in the cab.
                Its still £2 as they now have to drop you in the drop off car park,which is £2 for everyone.
                Nobody can drop off on the roadway outside of the airport,only buses.
                JC
                C P Scott,,,,,"Comment is Free,,but Facts are Sacred"
                "You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts.

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                  #9
                  All though it not an open charge ,getting a taxi in the Caribbean is dearer at the port then outside the port area .
                  I presume its for the people who do the allocation of taxis ...Taffy
                  ​Taffy

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by jc, liverpool View Post
                    Hi all
                    Liverpool Airport had this for years,a £2 levy,they told you it was extra as soon as you got in the cab.
                    Its still £2 as they now have to drop you in the drop off car park,which is £2 for everyone.
                    Nobody can drop off on the roadway outside of the airport,only buses.
                    JC
                    I am having to try hard to restrain myself from making any comment concerning any charge made in the Liverpool area ......Neil

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Neil Down, Southampton View Post
                      I am having to try hard to restrain myself from making any comment concerning any charge made in the Liverpool area ......Neil
                      now now Neil behave. Stay behind that sofa lol

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Neil Down, Southampton View Post
                        I am having to try hard to restrain myself from making any comment concerning any charge made in the Liverpool area ......Neil
                        Hi Neil
                        A bit cryptic that one!!!!! Can you explain?
                        JC
                        C P Scott,,,,,"Comment is Free,,but Facts are Sacred"
                        "You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts.

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                          #13
                          As well as seeking an answer on this forum I have formally written to Associated British Ports asking for the background to this. In brief, this guy (un-uniformed) stands and collects £1 cash from every taxi leaving the terminal, and the taxi driver adds it to the customers bill. According to APB's published information there are 1.6 million cruise passengers arriving at Southampton annually. This means that if only 1 in 10 take a taxi form the terminal then some £160,000 per year cash is collected through this little bit of extortion. My questions to ABP are: 1.Where does this money go? 2. Is it declared for tax? . So far ABP are unable to answer following my email and two follow-ups.

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