Taxi safety tips
Taxis operating within Hull are mainly operated in a safe manner, but there are a number of things you can check to ensure your taxi journeys are as safe as possible.
Hail a taxi
Hackney Carriages or ‘black cabs’ can be hired from designated ranks or hailed (flagged down) in the street. They can also be pre-booked through a licensed operator. The vehicles are either people carriers or purpose-built cabs. All of Hull’s Hackney Carriage fleet is wheelchair accessible.
Cars are easy to identify, with an illuminated ‘taxi’ sign on the roof, a taximeter, identification stickers on both front doors and a yellow identification plate on the rear.
Hackney Carriage is also tested every six months to ensure it is roadworthy. All Hackney Carriage drivers have an identification badge, and have regular police checks and medicals.
Book a taxi
Private hire vehicles, or ‘minicabs’, must be pre-booked through a licensed operator (this means that you cannot flag one down). These are usually standard cars, but can be minibuses.
They have identification stickers on both rear doors and a red and white identification plate on the rear of the vehicle. A private hire vehicle is also tested every six months to ensure it is roadworthy.
As with Hackney Carriages, each driver will have an identification badge and has regular police checks and medicals.
Avoid unmarked taxis
‘Bogus taxi’, ‘rogue taxi’, whatever you want to call them, please avoid them. These vehicles will not be displaying official identification marks - no door stickers and/or an identification plate.
The vehicles can be un-roadworthy and, if you were to be involved in an accident, you will not be insured.
How to avoid getting into an unmarked taxi -
- hail or book a licensed hackney carriage, or book a private hire vehicle through a licensed operator
- check that the door stickers and identification plate match the vehicle details
- make sure the driver shows you his badge and that the photo is a true likeness
Be safe – only use licensed hackney carriages and licensed private hire vehicles!
|Hackney carriage door sign
||Private hire door sign
|Hackney carriage driver's badge
||Private hire driver's badge
|Hackney carriage identification plate
||Private hire identification plate