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Hackney Carriage (commonly referred to as a 'Taxi') - In Hartlepool all Hackney Carriages must be painted yellow and must have a payment meter installed that measures the distance of a journey travelled and calculates the fare. Hackney Carriages may be 'flagged down' or be found plying for hire at a designated Taxi Rank. In addition Hackney Carriages may be booked in advance but any fare agreed must be no more than the cost calculated by the meter - unless the journey ends outside the Borough of Hartlepool. 

Private Hire - All private hire vehicles must be booked in advance. In Hartlepool they may be any colour other than yellow and must display round stickers on each front door stating 'This vehicle must be pre-booked'. Private hire vehicles do not use meters to calculate the cost of the journey but instead the cost should be agreed between the company/driver and the passenger - ideally at the time of booking. 

There are a number of operators in Hartlepool who operate vehicles suitable to carry those with mobility problems. To access the current contact details please click the link below. 

Taxis - Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Licensing