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General information

Last updated on: 09-Apr-2021

2. Taxi (Hackney) fares

Gravesham and Medway taxis both charge for journeys based on locally set tariffs, which calculate the cost based on distance, or a combination of distance and time. Further information is shown below.

If a hackney carriage is hired by time, the fare shall be agreed with the hirer The driver or proprietor shall not be entitled to demand or take a fare greater than that recorded on the face of the Taximeter. Failure to comply with this, by any operator or driver, is an offence.

Gravesham Tariff

Rate one
Rate 1
For the first 320 yards £2.80
For each subsequent 160 yards or part thereof or each stationary waiting period of 40 seconds £0.20
After 6 miles, for each additional 135.39 yards or part thereof, or each stationary waiting period of 40 seconds £0.20
Rate two
Rate 2
For any hiring commenced:
At any time on a Bank Holiday or public holiday
Between 6pm and midnight on 24 December and 31 December
Between midnight and 6am on any other day
at any time when carrying 5 to 8 passengers other than when Rate 4 would be in effect
Rate 1 plus 50%
Rate 3
Rate 3
For any hiring commenced on Sundays between 6am and midnight when carrying 1 to 4 passengers Rate 1 plus £0.60
Rate 4
Rate 4
For any hiring commenced:
between 00.01am on 25 December and 6am on 27 December
between 00.01am on 1 January and 6am on 2 January
between midnight and 6am when carrying 5 to 8 passengers
Rate 1 plus 100%
Rate 5
Rate 5
For any hiring commenced on Sundays between 06:00 and midnight when carrying 5 to 8 passengers Rate 2 + £0.60
Extra Charges
Extra Charges
For any hiring commenced on Sundays between 06:00 and midnight (only applicable on Rate 1) £0.60
Any sundry expenses incurred (i.e. Toll Charges, Parking fees, Ferry Fees, Congestion Charges) Amount incurred
If vehicle is soiled to the extent that it has to be cleansed before re-use £75.00

Medway Tariff

Tariff one
Tariff one
Fare shown when meter is switched on. This fare includes one unit of time or distance or any combination thereof. £3.00
Distance Unit = 190 yards. Charge for each Distance Unit or incomplete part thereof. £0.20
Time Unit = 40 seconds. Charge for each Time Unit or incomplete part thereof. £0.40
Waiting time
Waiting time
Waiting time, whether requested or enforced by traffic congestion, or during loading, may be charged in accordance with the time unit charge.
Hire By Time Only
Hire By Time Only
If a Hackney Carriage is hired by time alone, then the rate of fare shall be previously agreed between the Hirer and the Driver.
Tariff two
Tariff two
For any hiring commenced between the hours of midnight and 6.00am and all day on ALL PUBLIC HOLIDAYS (INCLUDING EASTER SUNDAY) Tariff 1 plus 50%
Tariff 3
Tariff three
On such days and times as approved by Medway Council and advertised in the prescribed manner, the rate of fare shall be twice Tariff One. Tariff one x 2
Extra Charges
Extra Charges
For EACH person above the number FOUR per journey £1.50
The Driver of this vehicle may request a soiling charge of up to £125.00 from any passenger who soils/damages the interior or exterior of the vehicle. This is a matter between the driver and passenger – we are not authorised to mediate where disputes occur. Up to £125
Deposit: An appropriate deposit may be requested by the driver in justified circumstances.
Surcharge: A maximum 10% surcharge is payable for credit card payments 10% max

Christmas Tariffs are in accordance with those set each year.

It is an offence for a proprietor or driver of a hackney carriage to demand a fare greater than that authorised by the bylaws or that shown upon the meter affixed to the carriage.

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