Minister: Taxi reform will benefit the public

Jersey's Infrastructure Minister is defending his plans to reform taxi fares, which prompted rank drivers to strike today.

Deputy Eddie Noel wants to increase charges by 4.6% in line with inflation, but will also get rid of what he calls 'hidden charges' for things like carrying extra luggage.

Taxi drivers say ultimately they will end up losing money, and have accused the Minister of being "stubborn".

Deputy Noel responded saying having private hire and rank taxis using the same tariff will make the system more transparent for passengers.

Passengers at the ports and the airport were left waiting for buses or private taxis, after not being able to hail a cab.

Those in the island for business had to delay meetings, and the Infrastructure Minister had to use his powers to allow private taxis to pick up customers from the ranks to ease problems.