How to identify a genuine taxi or hackney carriage | How to identify a genuine taxi or hackney carriage | Rugby Borough Council

How to identify a genuine taxi or hackney carriage

Hackney carriage taxis

  • Ordinary cars or London-style cabs.
  • They are white in colour with a black and white chequered strip along the side.
  • They have an illuminated roof "TAXI" sign and a yellow licence plate on the rear.
  • Taxis are found on taxi ranks or driving around the streets where they can be hailed.
  • They can also be pre-booked.
  • All taxis have a meter with a fare chart which is displayed inside the vehicle.
  • Some taxis can now carry passengers in wheelchairs.

Private hire taxis

  • Are ordinary cars which are any colour except white. They have a green licence plate on the rear. They do not have any roof sign.
  • Cars cannot be hailed in the street but must be booked by telephone or at the company's office.
  • Not all private hire cars have meters. Fares are not set by the borough council.

Driver identification

Always check that the driver is displaying a light blue dual drivers licence.

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