Types of Taxi
There are two types of vehicles that can be licensed and operate as taxis in East Herts, Hackney Carriages and Private Hire and there are differences in what they are allowed to do.
|Activity||Hackney Carriage||Private Hire|
|Can be flagged down||Yes||No - Uninsured if not pre-booked|
|Can be pre-booked||Yes||Yes|
|Use a Taxi rank||Yes||No|
|Taxi meter required||Yes||No|
|Fare rates set by council||Yes||No|
|Booked through a licensed operator||No||Yes|
The main difference that you should be aware of is that if you take a journey in a Private Hire vehicle that has not been pre-booked through a licensed operator the vehicle is NOT INSURED. Hackney Carriages can be hailed in the street and pick up passengers anywhere within East Herts, including from taxi ranks, without having to be pre-booked.
Unless you have pre-booked a vehicle with an operator located outside of East Herts you should only get into a vehicle displaying an East Herts Licence plate.
|Hackney Carriage||Private Hire|
The council puts checks in place to ensure that people licensed to drive taxis and operate private hire vehicles within East Herts are 'fit and proper' as required by law.