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Hackney Carriage

Hackney carriages are vehicles of any form or construction that are used either to ply for hire in the street either by hailing or by waiting on a rank to be hired.

Plying for Hire

Hackney Carriages (taxis) operate from taxi ranks and can be hailed in the street. Private hire vehicles must be pre-booked.

Hackney carriages must be licensed and must display a numbered plate issued by us on the front and rear of the vehicle.

The driver of a hackney carriage must also be licensed and must wear the identification badge issued by us in a clear and readable position.

Fares

A hackney carriage, when working within the district where it is licensed, is required to use a meter to determine the fare charged and must have the maximum tariff displayed in the vehicle where it can be clearly seen by the passengers. Where the journey starts or ends outside of the district the requirement to use a meter ceases and the fare may be agreed between the driver and the hirer. Where no such contract is made the hirer cannot be charged more than that displayed on the taxi meter or that would have been displayed had the meter been utilised.

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Email: licensing@dover.gov.uk

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