The rise compares with an average 6.8 percent rise for London subway and bus services this year. U.K. train fares also increased an average 6.2 percent in January, according to the Association of Train Operating Companies.
“This year’s moderate increase continues to seek to cover increases in the cost of running a London taxi whilst providing passengers with value for money for the journeys made in London’s world-famous black cabs,” John Mason, director of taxi and private hire at TfL, said in the statement.
Last year’s taxi fare increase was 2.3 percent. The cabs carry about 105 million passengers a year, according to TfL spokesman Sandeep Dhillon.
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