30 Apr '13, 8pm

Read about the history of the #HackneyCarriage from 1625 in our Blog #londontaxis #taxis #blackcabs

Drivers do not have to stop if you hail them, whether or not the yellow 'taxi' sign is lit. This is because legally, taxis are not plying for hire when they are moving. However, if they do stop, they are considered "standing in the street" and cannot refuse a fare under 12 miles or that will take less than one hour. Many people believed the original 6-mile limit was to ensure that the poor old horse didn't get too tired pulling the cab. In fact it was linked to London's chain of defences that had been erected during the Civil War in 1642. The defences were approximately 6 miles from the City and Westminster and it was deemed as dangerous for Hackney coaches to pass through these robust emplacements. Taxi drivers do not have to wear a seat belt when they are working, but must belt up when they are driving home. Taxi drivers are not legally obliged to give change. If a large...

Full article: http://www.radiotaxis.co.uk/fare-s-fair/

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