Know the difference between the vehicles
Hackney Carriages (black cabs)
- London-style cabs which are wheelchair accessible;
- can be flagged down on the street, at an authorised rank, or can be pre-booked;
- display white front and rear taxi licence plates; and
- charge metered fares that are regulated by the Council.
Private Hire Vehicles (mini cabs)
- White or silver saloon or minibus vehicles which display yellow front and rear private hire licence plates;
- display yellow stickers with the name of the private hire company;
- charge fares set by private hire companies; and
- can only be pre-booked through a private hire company (they are not insured to carry you unless pre-booked!)
For your safety, only ever use licensed vehicles as we have ensured that the drivers have been fully checked. All drivers will be wearing their license badge - view the taxi register.