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Types of taxis
There are two types of taxis that the Council provide licences for. These are:
- Hackney Carriage Vehicles
- Private Hire Vehicles
Hackney Carriage Vehicles
These vehicles may pick up at formal taxi ranks or be flagged down by people. They may also be pre-booked by personal or telephone requests.
They must exhibit a yellow plate on the rear and they must also have a roof sign.
All vehicles are fitted with a fare meter which is calibrated in accordance with fees formally agreed by the Council and periodically checked.
A standard fee or "flag drop" is made for picking up a passenger and then the meter advances through distance or duration of the journey.
Vehicles must be no older than five years when first licensed as a Hackney carriage.
Private Hire Vehicles
These vehicles may only be used to pick passengers up as a result of a call to a licensed Private Hire Operator. The vehicles are not insured to pick up passengers other than those who have pre-booked the journey. Private Hire vehicles may not wait at taxi ranks or accept work from people that flag them down.
Private Hire vehicles must exhibit a green licence plate on their rear and may not be a roof sign fitted to these vehicles.
Vehicles must be no older than five years when first licensed for Private Hire use.
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