TAXI AND PRIVATE HIRE NEWS

I have been sent the information below in relation to Taxi and Private Hire:

Student Travel Window

Following the Government announcement of the England student travel window between 3rd – 9th Dec, passengers are advised to book taxi and private hire cars early to avoid disappointment.

We anticipate that demand for taxis by students during this time may increase with short-notice requests for journeys such as Hyde park / Headingley / Residence locations to Leeds train and bus stations.

Government advice when travelling in Taxis and private hire vehicles

You must avoid travelling within the UK or internationally and stay at home, unless you are travelling for work, education or for other legally permitted reasons.

You must wear a face covering when using taxis or private hire vehicles. You will be breaking the law if you fail to do so and could be fined. A taxi driver or private hire vehicle operator will be entitled to refuse to accept you if you do not wear a face covering.

The risk of transmission is small at 2 metres and where possible, you should maintain 2 metres distance.

If you cannot keep a 2 metre distance, reduce the risk to yourself and others by maintaining a 1 metre distance where possible, and taking suitable precautions.

Follow the advice of the operator and driver. For example, you may be asked to sit in the back left-hand seat if travelling alone. You may want to check with your taxi or private hire operator before travelling if they have put any additional measures in place.

You should use contactless payment if possible, or find out if you can pay online in advance.

Be aware of the surfaces you touch. Be careful not to touch your face. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or the inside of your elbow when coughing or sneezing.

When finishing your journey wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or sanitise your hands as soon as possible.

Note: Drivers are advised that they should wear a face covering when on duty. They may remove the covering if it helps communicate with their passenger.

For more information on travel advice throughout England using different forms of transport  Click on here for the link

Leeds City Council are responsible for licensing hackney carriage (black & white taxis) and private hire vehicles, and their drivers in the city.

Both hackney carriage and private hire drivers are issued with a drivers badge showing their photograph, licence details and expiry date. This badge must be worn at all times so that it is showing clearly.

When taking a taxi or private hire:

  • only take one you can trust
  • make sure you have the money to pay
  • pre-book your return vehicle before going out

ask at the time of booking what the fare is likely to be.

Private hire vehicles

There are currently 5579 private hire vehicles licenced by Leeds City Council. All must carry a red badge on both front doors and rear bumper and stickers with the operator’s details displayed.

Never get into a private hire vehicle you have not pre-booked, as it will not be insured to carry you, and may not be licensed.

When using a private hire vehicle:

  • remember ‘Red is Best’ (check the stickers)
  • book with a licensed operator by phone or app
  • ask if there’s a call-back service
  • confirm your booking with the driver when they arrive
  • note the vehicle licence number
  • always sit in the back

let your friends or family know when you are going home.

Hackney carriages (taxis)

Leeds licensed hackney carriages are black and white in colour, although some carrying advertising livery. Many are wheelchair accessible.

  • hackney carriage fares are calculated using a meter. If your journey is outside of the Leeds boundary, the driver doesn’t have to use the meter.  Please discuss the fare with the driver before you start your journey
  • only hackney carriages (black & white taxis) can be flagged down in the street (they can also be pre-booked)

find out where the  Leeds taxi ranks . Many city centre bus stops become taxi ranks after midnight.