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Hackney Carriages

​​​​A taxi (also known as a hackney carriage) can:
  • be hailed from the street, 
  • operate from taxi ranks, and 
  • be pre-booked if required. 
 
Hackney carriages licensed by Cardiff council are black with a white bonnet or a London style black cab.

They should all have:
  • a roof light to indicate when the vehicle is available for hire
  • a white plate on the rear that contains the licence number
  • a fitted taximeter, roof light and a fare table displayed in the vehicle. 

Hackney Carriage Tariff 

Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976
 

Tariff 1




For any hiring during Monday to Friday between 5am and 8pm, other than on a public holiday:

  • For the first 250 yards there is a minimum charge of £3.50 (payable in advance)
  • For each additional 170 yards there is a charge of 20p (payable in advance)
  • Every 40 seconds waiting time (including below 8mph) charged at 30p



Tariff 2

For any hiring either during Monday to Friday between 8pm and 10pm or during Saturday or Sunday between 5am and 10pm, other than on a public holiday:


  • For the first 250 yards there is a minimum charge of £3.50 (payable in advance)
  • For each additional 150 yards there is a charge of 20p (payable in advance)
  • Every 35 seconds waiting time (including below 8mph) charged at 30p


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Tariff 3




For any hiring between 10pm on any day and 5am the following day or at any time on a public holiday:

  • For the first 250 yards there is a minimum charge of £3.50 (payable in advance)
  • For each additional 130 yards there is a charge of 20p (payable in advance)
  • Every 30 seconds waiting time (including below 8mph) charged at 30p



Extra Charges

  • All tariffs are based on 1 to 4 passengers. An additional charge of £1 per passenger is added if more than 4 passengers travelling. 
  • An additional £3 is added to journeys that take place on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day.
  • £60 is charged for soiling the vehicle.










Please be aware:

  • For all journeys within the boundary of Cardiff, the driver must use the meter which must not exceed the Hackney Carriage Tariff. 
  • For journeys that end outside the area of Cardiff and no fare has been agreed before the start of the journey, the fare must not exceed the Hackney Carriage Tariff. ​
 
Hackney Carriage drivers cannot refuse a fare that starts and ends within Cardiff and drivers must use the meter for these fares.  However, drivers can refuse any fare that ends outside of Cardiff and they do not have to go on the meter.

All metered fares are regulated by Cardiff Council.

If a Hackney Carriage driver has refused to take you because your fare is too short, or if the driver or vehicle does not meet your expectations, you can report a problem with a taxi to us.​



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