Southampton’s White Taxis

Southampton licensed hackney carriages are easily recognised and include a range of vehicles.

They are all white in colour and most have a white sign on the roof. All will have the red Hackney Carriage licence plate on the back of the vehicle.

Hackney Carriages come in various shapes and sizes for all kinds of journeys including the famous London Taxis, multi-seater (MPV's) with disabled access which can take up to 7 people, luxury saloons and, more recently, hybrid cars.

Hail & Ride

You can Hail and Ride a Hackney Carriage confident in the knowledge that your safety is paramount.

Did you know?

You can only hail a Hackney Carriage. Private hire cars are not allowed to pick passengers up without a booking. In Southampton, Private Hire cars or mini-cabs can be any colour except white, and do not have a taxi sign on the roof.

Keep safe

Only Hail and Ride in a car which is a registered Hackney Carriage Taxi.

Your Safety

All drivers are licensed, regulated and CRB checked by Southampton City Council, with the majority also holding NVQ and BTEC qualifications in transporting passengers by taxi.

For your security, nearly all Southampton Hackney Carriages have CCTV cameras installed. All vehicles are MOT checked every year (compliance test) to ensure they are roadworthy. If a vehicle is more than 2 years old, it also has to have an additional roadworthy test. To ensure passenger safety Taxis are retired after 9 to 12 years depending on the vehicle type.

Click here for more information about the Southampton Hackney Association.

Private Hire vehicles

There are also a number of different private hire companies that operate in Southampton. For more information, you can find contact details using a search engine or business directory of your choice.