The main difference between a Private Hire vehicle and a Hackney Carriage (taxi) is that a Private Hire vehicle can only be used on set pre-booked journeys, arranged through a Private Hire Operator. This means that when it is working the driver cannot go to a Taxi Rank and cannot pick up a passenger off the street unless it is a pre-booked fare. Hackney Carriages can be hailed (‘flagged down’) directly from the street or hired from taxi ranks within the district.
All Hackney Carriages (taxis) are required to display an illuminated Taxi sign. On licensed cars the sign is fitted to the roof and the word ‘taxi’ is visible from the front. During hours of darkness all taxi signs are illuminated when the vehicles are available for hire.
Private Hire vehicles are not permitted to display any sign on the roof or have the word ‘taxi’ anywhere on the vehicle.
Wyre Forest District Council is making some changes to the taxi ranks in Kidderminster.
You can view the plans at the Worcestershire Hub in Kidderminster, you can also view them below.
Within the Wyre Forest district there are five Hackney Carriage Taxi Ranks. They can be found at the following locations:
1) Blackwell Street, Kidderminster.
2) Oxford Street, Kidderminster.
3) Exchange Street, Kidderminster.
4) Load Street, Bewdley.
5) Lombard Street, Stourport-on-Severn.
Effective from 1st June 2014
For hirings on any date between 6.00am and midnight except those in tariffs 2 and 3
For hirings begun between midnight and 6.00am on standard days. Hirings begun between 6.00am and midnight on Bank Holidays, except Christma Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day and for hirings between 6.00pm and midnight on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.
For hirings on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
|If the distance does not exceed 805 metres (1/2 mile) for the whole distance:-||£3.00||£4.50||£6.00|
|For each subsequent 115 metres or uncompleted part thereof until a distance of 1610 metres (1 mile) has been reached -||10p||15p||20p|
|And for each subsequent 107 metres or uncompleted part thereof:-||10p||15p||20p|
|For each period of 30 seconds or uncompleted part thereof:-||10p||15p||20p|
Extra charges (Addtional to above)
Where the hirer arranges in advance by letter, telephone or otherwise with the proprietor or driver prior to the commencing of the hire of the carriage to commence from any point between 1/2 mile (805 metres) and 11/2 miles (2415 metres) from any hackney carriage rank:- 30p
Where the hirer arranges in advance by letter, telephone or otherwise with the proprietor or driver prior to the commencing of the hire of the carriage to commence from any point outside a radius of 11/2 milkes (2415 metres) or more from any hackney carriage rant:- 60p
Complaints about vehicles or drivers should be sent immediately in writing to Worcestershire Regulatory Services, PO Box 866, Worcester, WR1 9DP with the number of the vehicle and/or the number of the driver's badge.