Taxi and private hire car licensing background
There are two categories of vehicle currently licensed by the City of Edinburgh Council: Taxis which can be hailed on the street and other vehicles known as private hire cars (PHCs) which must be pre-booked.
There are approximately 1316 licenced Taxis and 954 licenced PHCs in Edinburgh. All vehicles have undergone stringent tests for roadworthiness and drivers have undergone background checks prior to granting of their licence. Taxi drivers have also completed a training course.
Fares are calculated using a calibrated meter according to the City of Edinburgh approved fare table. A copy of this fare table must be clearly displayed in all taxis and PHCs with meters. PHCs with a meter may charge less than the approved fare table indicates. For taxi journeys outside of Edinburgh, or with PHCs without a meter, the fare must be negotiated before the journey commences.
Taxis can be found at taxi ranks throughout the city and can be flagged down in the street. The majority can carry up to 5 passengers and all are wheelchair accessible. Some taxi drivers are exempt from carrying wheelchair users on medical grounds and must display a wheelchair exemption certificate clearly in the taxi.
Private Hire Cars
Private Hire Cars can only be hired by booking in advance with a Private Hire operator and cannot be hailed in the street. PHC vehicles must be approved by The City of Edinburgh Council and display a PHC plate on the dashboard. Some PHCs can carry up to 8 passengers.
Should you wish to lodge a complaint, please contact us using the details at the top of the page, supplying your full name, address and sign the message.
Approved taxi stances
Edinburgh has a number of approved taxi stances. A printable list of taxi stances approved by The City of Edinburgh Council is available.