For the first time in four years, Calgary city council approved an increase in taxi rates.

Fares will go up by 4.4 per cent, starting Oct.1.

Aldermen have also voted in favour of making security cameras mandatory inside all taxis, although three-quarters of Calgary cabs already have cameras.

City staff will also review whether partitions should be installed inside vehicles to protect divers from rowdy passengers.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi doesn't fully support the idea. 

 "I'm not yet convinced one way or another that this is the right thing to do, I know there is a huge difference of opinion among drivers. So we'll see how it plays out," he said Monday.

Corrections

  • Three-quarters of Calgary cabs currently have security cameras, not two-thirds as initially reported.
    Sep 12, 2013 9:15 PM MT