White Plates A hackney carriage vehicle licence (white plate) entitles the holder to work anywhere in the South Somerset District Council area, they may work from the ranks or be hailed on the street. The holder is also entitled to undertake private hire work.
A private hire vehicle licence (yellow plate) entitles the holder to work anywhere in the South Somerset District taking pre- arranged bookings only. Private hire vehicles may not work from the ranks or be hailed on the street. All private hire vehicles work under a private hire operators licence.However an operator’s licence is not necessary if operating a hackney carriage only.
Drivers are issued with two identical badges. One badge is worn by the driver at all times they are working. The drivers badge is visible at all times to passengers is clipped to clothing in a visible place or worn on a safety lanyard. The second badge is displayed on the dashboard on the vehicle the driver is using. The badge is visible at all times to the passengers in the vehicle.
All persons driving a licensed private hire or hackney carriage vehicle is in possession of a current private hire and hackney carriage driver’s licence issued by South Somerset District Council. The council’s driver’s badges allow the holder to work in both capacities both as a hackney carriage or private hire driver.
The level of fare must be agreed between the operator and the customer at the time of booking.
The council has no power over fares charged by the private hire operator.
Taxi fares for Hackney carriage in south somerset is set by the local authority SSDC)
THREE RATES EXPLAINED ON THE TAXI METER.
RATE 1.. FROM 6 AM TILL 11 PM..
Rate one is FROM monay 6 am till 11pm Monday to Saturday.
£4 for first one mile,then £2.50 for each miles. (25 pence for 1/10 of a mile )
RATE 2.. FROM 11 PM TILL 6 AM..
Rate two is from 11 pm till 6 am Monday to Saturday and all day Sunday
( time and half) .£6 for the first 1 mile ,then £3.50 for each miles.( 35 pence for 1/10 th of a mile ).
RATE 3.. ALL UK BANK HOLIDAYS UNTILL 12 MIDNIGHT.( Double fare )
£8 for the first one mile then £5 every other mile.(50 pence 1/10 th of a mile )
The following is a list of all the South Somerset District Councils ranks and the times of their use. Chard, outside the Guildhall 24 hours a day Ilminster, Town Square 24 hours a day Yeovil, Silver Street 24 hours a day Yeovil, Stars Lane 24 hours a day Yeovil, Somerfield Car Park 24 hours a day Yeovil, Lower Middle Street 9 p.m. until 7a.m. Yeovil, South Street 9 p.m. until 7a.m., Yeovil, Hendford 7p.m. until 7a.m. Martock, Shopping Centre 24 hours a day .
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