Taxi and Private Hire
Taxis (Hackney Carriages) and Private Hire Vehicles are licensed to ensure that they are suitable and safe for you to travel in.
The plate on the rear of the vehicle identifies the type of licence it holds. The plates clearly state the licence type, licence number (beginning with H or P) along with the registration, description and maximum number of passengers.
The laws covering Hackney Carriages and Private Hire vehicles are quite different. In brief, a Hackney can:
- stand on a rank
- be flagged down in the street
- be booked through a licensed operator.
A Private Hire vehicle can only accept pre-booked calls.
If a Private Hire driver picks up from a rank or from being flagged down, not only are they committing an offence, but their insurance may be also be invalid.