Hackney Carriages or ‘black cabs’ can be hired from designated ranks or hailed (flagged down) in the street Cars are easy to identify, with an illuminated ‘taxi’ sign on the roof, a taximeter. They also have identification stickers on both front doors and a yellow identification plate on the rear.
Hackney Carriage are tested every six months to ensure it is roadworthy. All Hackney Carriage drivers have an identification badge, and have regular police checks and medicals.
You can find a taxi rank within the Hull City Centre at the following locations -
Lowgate - outside Rifts (was Revolution)
Guildhall Road – next to the Wilson Centre
George Street - outside Pozition
Outside of the Transport Interchange
Paragon Street near to Ferensway.
Private hire vehicles, or ‘minicabs’, must be pre-booked through a licensed operator (this means that you cannot flag one down). These are usually standard cars, but can be minibuses.
They have identification stickers on both rear doors and a red and white identification plate on the rear of the vehicle. A private hire vehicle is also tested every six months to ensure it is roadworthy.
As with Hackney Carriages, each driver will have an identification badge and has regular police checks and medicals. There are a number of different Taxi service providers that operate in Hull, including -
35 Taxis Ltd - 01482 353 535
70 Taxis - 01482 707 070
82 Taxis - 01482 828 282
966 Cars - 01482 966 966
East Hull Taxis Ltd - 01482 444 555
Five '0' Cars - 01482 505 050
Holts Formula One Taxis Rental Services - 01482 215 880
Hull Cars - 01482 828 282
Hull City Taxis - 01482 618 618
Hull Taxis - 01482 843 040
Kingston Taxi Hire - 01482 822 131
Ride Private Hire, Hull - 01482 575 757
Six 0 Cars - 01482 606 060
Sutton Cars - 01482 823 333
Tanks Travel - 01482 576 576
Travel (Hull) Ltd - 01482 823 289
VIP Cars - 01482 904 022
If you have a mobile phone, it is a good idea to put these numbers in your phone.
There are a number of providers on the list that offer wheelchair accessible vehicles. However, it is best that you consult with them directly to ensure that your specific access needs can be catered for.
Under the Equality Act 2010, guide dog owners are legally allowed access to taxi and minicabs. A driver must carry a disabled person and their dog without any extra charge for the dog. The dog must also be allowed to remain with the owner while in the vehicle. The only exception to refuse a guide dog is that of medical exemption and this must be applied for and granted and in place in order to justify a refusal.
If a taxi or minicab refuses to take you and has no medical exemption in place, then the driver will in incur a fine and face the possibility of losing their taxi licence.
If a driver has refused to take you on the grounds of your guide dog, then you need to contact the Hull City Council on 01482 300 300 and ask for licencing.