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 April 2023.
If the distance does not exceed 643.7metres (704 yards or 0.4 mile) for whole distance £3.90
If the distance exceeds 643.7 metres, for the first 643.7 metres (704 yards or 0.4 mile) £3.90
For each subsequent 86.868 meters (95 yards) or uncompleted part thereof £0.10
For each period of 1 minute or uncompleted part thereof £0.40
(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.
£100 per occasion vehicle is soiled and is required to be withdrawn from service for valeting.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.