Taxi licensing - Information to help the Public

Hackney Carriages

Hackney Carriages, or Taxis;

  • Can be hired immediately - you can get one at a rank or hail one in the street - or by pre-booking.
  • Provide wheelchair accessibility.
  • Must display a white licence plate on the rear of the vehicle which gives the licence and registration numbers, type of vehicle and licence expiry date.
  • A small repeater plate is displayed inside the vehicle, either on the partition or on the vehicle windscreen.
  • The Hackney Carriages licensed by us are the same style as London Black Cabs.
  • Can stand on taxi ranks around Oxford.
  • Can be hailed in the street.
  • Can be booked by telephone.
  • Must have a meter which has a maximum fare set by us, which must be switched on for journeys within the city boundary.
  • Must display a fare card.

If a Hackney Carriage Vehicle is on a Taxi Rank then it is available for hire, and the driver is duty bound to take your fare, within the City boundary, and cannot refuse to carry you unless he/she has a reasonable excuse.

Taxi Ranks 

The following taxi ranks can be found within the city:

  • Queen Street / Carfax: For 3 Carriages
  • High Street: On the west side of Turl Street. For 2 Carriages
  • Gloucester Green: For 12 Carriages
  • Park End Street: For 3 Carriages
  • St Giles: In the centre of the road, immediately to the north of the public lavatory. For 20 carriages
  • The Plain: On the east side of the roundabout. For 3 Carriages
  • Cowley Road: On the west side of Manzil Way For 2 Carriages
  • Barns Road: Near the entrance to Templar Square. For 4 Carriages
  • Between Towns Road: Near the entrance to Templar Square. For 2 Carriages
  • London Road: South side of Kennett Road. For 1 Carriage
  • London Road: North east side of Old High Street. For 1 Carriage
  • Oakthorpe Road: For 2 Carriages
  • Oxford Rail Station: No limit on number of carriages (subject to the consent of the land owner)
  • Old Greyfriars Street: For 7 Carriages

Hackney Carriage Fare Chart:

We set fares for Hackney Carriages within Oxford. Fares are charged by meter. Outside Oxford you should negotiate a fare or agree a tariff for the meter.

The driver must, unless he has reasonable excuse, accept any hiring within the City of Oxford boundary if the destination is also within the City of Oxford boundary. The fare for such a journey, shown below, will be calculated by the taxi meter.

The driver does not have to accept journeys that end outside the City of Oxford boundary; the fare or rate of fare must be by agreement between the hirer and driver before the journey commences. The fare is likely to be higher than within the City as drivers cannot accept a return hiring. Where no such agreement exists then the scale of charges applicable to journeys within the City shown below will apply.

Maximum fares set by us for licensed Hackney Carriage Vehicles operative from 25th March 2014 can be found below:

General tariffs

  • £0.20 for each passenger above one
  • £0.10 for each item of baggage carried outside the passenger compartment
  • £1.00 for each adult bicycle
  • £30.00 charge for cleaning the inside of a vehicle when soiled 

Monday to Saturday (06:00 to 22:00) 

  • £2.50 for the first 67 metres (or part) 
  • £0.10 for each subsequent 67 metres, up to 1608 metres
  • £0.10 for each subsequent 107 metres (or part) after that
  • £0.10 for every 20 seconds of waiting time
  • £1.00 for each trunk carried

Monday to Saturday (22:00 to 06:00), Sundays and bank holidays

  • £2.50 for the first 46 metres (or part) 
  • £0.10 for each subsequent 46 metres, up to 2208 metres
  • £0.10 for each subsequent 107 metres (or part) after that
  • £0.10 for every 20 seconds of waiting time
  • £1.00 for each trunk carried

Christmas

(24 December 20:00 until 27 December 06:00, and  31 December 20:00 until  2 January 06:00)

  • £2.80 for the first 67 metres (or part) 
  • £0.15 for each subsequent 67 metres, up to 1608 metres
  • £0.15 for each subsequent 107 metres (or part) after that
  • £0.15 for every 20 seconds of waiting time
  • £1.50 for each trunk carried