Limiting the Number of Hackney Carriage Vehicles

We have maintained quantity control over the numbers of Hackney Carriage licences we issue for well over twenty years.

Reviewing Demand 

We commission surveys every three years, conducted by independent specialist consultants, into whether there is unmet demand for the services of Hackney Carriages in Oxford. The results are presented to Full Council to decide if any unmet demand, requires additional licences to meet this.

We also review the number and location of taxi stands. We have both full-time and part-time taxi stands, in the City centre and elsewhere.

Quality Control

We have driven up the quality of Hackney Carriages and Private Hire vehicles, and their drivers, to that of other leading local authorities. For example, all Oxford's Hackney Carriages are wheelchair accessible.

We continually review quality control, by enforcement and by other means.