Royal borough residents are divided over plans to allow taxi drivers to charge up to fifty per cent more for journeys from Royal Ascot to elsewhere in the borough.

This comes after drivers complained about the time it takes to get back to the racecourse’s taxi rank because of increased traffic around the venue.

In April, councillors at the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM) agreed to support drivers by allowing them to charge up to 50 per cent more if customers want to be taken to a destination closer to the event.

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Just days before the historic races get underway, residents have reacted to the news they could be paying more to get back from Royal Ascot.

Andrew Ford, from Ascot, said he thought the plans might lead to some customers arguing over the price of a journey with drivers.

He said: “It's a competitive market out there and if you're in no rush there's no arguing over the fare with Uber.”

Another resident told the News: “I use local taxis all year but find it difficult to justify the increase during Royal Ascot.

“Looks like I’ll have no choice this year instead of the one stop on the train.”

However, a number of residents got behind the proposals, which are going ahead under a trial basis this year.

One stated: “I think it is justified given some of the people and behaviour they have to deal with!

“I use local Ascot taxi firms all year round and I don’t begrudge them at all.”

Another added: “I think it is enterprising and actually they are dealing with traffic and possibly louder customers.

“I don't have a problem with it. Everyone else is benefitting by hiking their prices, why not the taxi drivers too?”

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The proposals were rubber stamped in April after a long discussion between RBWM councillors and taxi drivers.

A spokeswoman from the RBWM said: “Ensuring that those attending Ascot races have a safe and convenient way to get home following the event is a key priority for us. However, as ever this needs to be balanced with the need to ensure that licensed taxi drivers are reasonably reimbursed for providing this important service.

“This will be a trial for this event and further consideration will be given following a report to the licensing panel in July.”

Royal Ascot runs from Tuesday, June 18 to Saturday, June 22.