Taxis and Minicabs
Two types of licensed taxi operate in Carlisle.
- Hackney Carriage vehicles, which can stand on a taxi rank or be hailed from the street; and
- Private hire vehicles, which must be booked, prior to the journey, over the telephone or by attending the office of a taxi operator.
Hackney Carriages, private hire cars, their drivers and operators must all be individually licensed to operate. Licences are issued by the council annually and there are a number of conditions which must be met before a licence can be issued, including vehicle maximum age limit and driver medical checks. More information, including licence fees and licence application forms, is available in the taxi licensing section of the website.
A taxi usually provides door-to-door transport. In other modes of public transport, the pick-up and drop-off locations are determined by the service provider, not by the passenger, although demand responsive transport operates in some rural parts of the city.
Taxi Rank provision
Taxi ranks are provided on-street for use by hackney carriages and not by private hire vehicles. They are provided where a demand has been identified, such as near railway and bus stations or in areas with numerous entertainment or leisure venues.
Ranks can operate full time or during restricted hours at times of heightened demand. They are normally located so that passengers can board or alight from the taxi onto a footway on the nearside of the vehicle.
Private hire vehicles may not pick up passengers from Taxi Ranks. Not only is this an offence, but they may not be insured either.
Hackney Carriage Maximum Fares
The maximum tariffs (fees) that can be charged by hackney carriages are set by the Council. These take effect from Monday, 6 October 2014
|Tariff one |
|Journeys of up to 0.7 miles or first 0.7 miles of journey (approx 1126 metres) ||£2.85|
|For each subsequent 170 yds or uncompleted part thereof (Approx 155 metres) ||£0.20|
|Waiting time for each period of 51.3 seconds (or part period) ||£0.25|
|Tariff two |
|Journeys starting between 11pm and 7am ||Tariff one + one third|
|Journeys starting between 12pm and 6pm on Christmas Eve (24 December) ||Tariff one + one third|
|Journeys starting between 12pm and 6pm on New Years Eve (31 December) ||Tariff one + one third|
|Tariff three |
|All day on Bank Holidays and Public Holidays ||Tariff one + one half|
|Journeys starting between 6pm and midnight on Christmas Eve (24 December) ||Tariff one + one half|
|Journeys starting between 6pm and midnight on New Years Eve (31 December) ||Tariff one + one half|
|Extra charges |
|For each adult (17 years & over) over four ||£0.50|
|Each pram or dog carried ||£0.10|
|Each item of luggage carried outside the passenger compartment ||£0.10|
|Cleaning charge if the vehicle is soiled (maximum) ||£35.00|