Taxi and private hire licensing

Taxi fares and tariffs

Taxi fares vary based on:

  • time of day
  • day of the week
  • number of passengers
  • how much luggage
  • type of vehicle

The fares are different if the vehicle:

  • is a saloon type vehicle which has four passenger seats or
  • is a people carrier type vehicle which can seat from five up to a maximum of eight passengers

We do not license taxis to carry more than eight passengers.

We set a maximum Hackney carriage tariff (taxi fare).

This means the taxi driver:

  • cannot charge more than the maximum fare
  • must display the fare on the meter in the taxi

The taxi driver can negotiate to charge a lower fare.

The Braintree District Hackney Carriage Association apply to our Licensing Committee for increases in taxi fares. The last increase was in 2018.


Tariff 1

If the distance does not exceed 643.7metres (704 yards or 0.4 mile) for whole distance £3.70

If the distance exceeds 643.7 metres, for the first 643.7 metres (704 yards or 0.4 mile) £3.70

For each subsequent 86.868 meters (95 yards) or uncompleted part thereof £0.10


Tariff 2

For journeys over 643.7 metres the first 643.7 metres costs £5.25 then every 95.4 metres after costs £0.15

If the total distance is less than 643.7 metres the charge is £5.25

We charge this if you hire a taxi and your journey

  • is between 11.00pm and 6am
  • begins on a Sunday
  • is on a public Holiday (excluding the holidays below)

Tariff 3

For journeys over 643.7 metres the first 643.7 metres costs £7 then every 95.4 metres after costs £0.20

We charge this if you hire a taxi and your journey

  • is between 11 pm on Christmas eve and 6 am on the day after Boxing day (27 December)
  • is between 11 pm on New years eve and 6 am on New years day (2 January)

Extra charges

Waiting time

For each period of 1 minute or uncompleted part thereof £0.35

(a) MILEAGE TARIFF 2 for hiring’s between the hours of 11.00pm and 6am or for any commenced on a Sunday for a public holiday (excluding those stated at (b) below) a charge equivalent of 50% extra (i.e one and a half times) the tariff 1 fare will be charged }

(b) MILEAGE TARIFF 2 (i) for hiring’s between 6pm and 11pm on CHRISTMAS EVE (24th December) and NEW YEARS EVE (31ST December)

(c) MILEAGE TARIFF 3 (ii) for hiring’s between 11pm on CHRISTMAS EVE & NEW YEARS EVE and 6am on the day succeeding BOXING DAY (27th December) & NEW YEARS DAY (2nd January) – a charge equivalent to 100% extra (i.e double) of the tariff 1 charged.

(e) CARRIAGE OF 5 PERSONS OR MORE - Vehicles licenced to carry 5 or more passengers may charge Tariff 2 for journeys only when 5 or more persons are travelling and Tariff 3 for journeys only when 5 or more persons are travelling between the hours of 11.00pm and 6am or for a journey commenced on a Sunday or a public holiday. Tariff 1 applies when 4 or less passengers travel

NOTE: These are the maximum fares allowed. Passengers may negotiate a lesser fare at the discretion of the owner/driver. Hiring covering two tariff periods may be charged proportionately according to time or distance in each tariff period.


Soiling fee 

£30 per occasion vehicle is soiled and is required to be withdrawn from service for valeting.


Vehicles carrying 5 or more people

Vehicles licensed to carry 5 or more passengers can charge Tariff 2 for journeys when 5 or more persons are travelling

These vehicles can charge Tariff 3 for journeys when 5 or more persons are travelling between 11.00pm and 6am or for any journey commenced on a Sunday or a Public Holiday.

Licensing

Address: Causeway House
Bocking End
Braintree
Essex
CM7 9HB

Telephone: 01376 552525