18 March 2022 is a once-off public holiday in recognition of the efforts of the general public, volunteers and all workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, and in remembrance of people who lost their lives due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Taxi drivers are entitled to a Premium Rate fare on public holidays, Sundays and at night under the Maximum Fares Order 2017. This higher rate is programmed into the taximeter which automatically calculates it when due. As 18 March is a once-off public holiday, it is not in the taximeter software and was impossible to change quickly enough. The taximeter in your vehicle will calculate the day as an ordinary day on the Standard Rate. Therefore, on 18 March, from 8am to 8pm, taxi drivers are entitled to add the difference in the rates onto the fare shown on the taximeter.
The increase from Standard Fare to Premium Fare permitted by NTA averages approximately 20% (or one fifth) to be added onto the fare shown on the taximeter at the end of the journey.
If you plan on operating on the 18 March 2022 from 8am to 8pm, please ensure you have the below printed in your vehicle.