The mayor of Wisbech apologised to Cllr Dave Patrick for claiming cabbies charged “rip-off” prices on Christmas Day during a speech made to colleagues in the first town council meeting after the festive break.
Councillor Mayor Michael Hill said it was not intended as a personal attack and had merely been a “brain not engaged moment.”
During the first meeting of town council he told how he took a woman to Peterborough Hospital on Christmas Day to visit her husband, who suffers from dementia, because the taxi fare was a “rip off.”
He accepted a small amount of money for fuel as she insisted he take it and he felt rude not doing so.
But taxi drivers’ leader, Cllr Dave Patrick, said: “The mayor told us what he had been up to over Christmas including a charitable story about taking a woman to hospital on Christmas Day.
“Turns out it wasn’t an act of charity, it was a favour for a family friend whom he took money from which makes it very different.”
Cllr Hill said: “I made the comment as the taxi price shocked me. It was not a direct insult to Cllr Patrick. I was just surprised at how much it cost.”
The price had been quoted at around £60 each way - a total of £120.
A Fenland District Council spokesman said: for bank holidays, including Christmas Day, it is £6.60 for the first mile and 40p for every one tenth of a mile after that.
“These are double the normal rates. The licensing committee agreed these fees in April 2012.”