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Taxi meters and charges

Meters

Type of vehicleMeter required by law?
Hackney Carriage (black cab)Yes
Private hire vehicleNo

Charges

All vehicles must display a scale of charges. In South Tyneside, the majority of vehicles work off the council's scale of charges set for Hackney Carriages.

A Private Hire Operator can set his/her own scale of charges. Several operators allow vehicles capable of carrying 5 or more passengers to charge a higher tariff.

You should check with the Operator if you have any questions on their scale of charges.

Tariffs
Tariff 1Cost

If the distance does not exceed 534.01metres (584yards)

For the whole distance

£2.20
For each succeeding 179.22metres (196yards)£0.20
Waiting timeCost
For each period of 60 seconds£0.20

This converts approximately to £3.40 for the first mile and £1.80 per mile thereafter 

Tariff 2

Cost

For hiring's between 10.00pm and 7.00am Monday to Saturday inclusive; all day Sunday and from 8.00pm on the Eve of Bank and Public holidays (except where tariff 3 applies) until 10.00pm on those days and from 7.00am on 27th December until 8.00pm on 31st December

If the distance does not exceed 160.92 metres (176yards) For the whole distance

£2.40
For each succeeding 160.93metres (176yards)£0.20
Waiting timeCost
For each period of 60 seconds£0.20

 Tariff 3

Cost

For hiring's between 8.00pm on 24th December to 7.00am on 27th December and 8.00pm on 31st December to 7.00am on 2nd January

If the distance does not exceed 146.30metres (160yards) For the whole distance

£2.60
For each succeeding 146.30 metres (160yards)£0.20

This converts approximately to £4.60 for the first mile and £2.20 per mile thereafter 

Waiting timeCost
For each period of 60 seconds£0.20

Additional charges 

For each dog (Except assistance dogs)£0.50
For fouling the vehicle£50.00 maximum

Note: Unpaid fares together with costs are recoverable before the justices as a penalty

Regulation

The council operates an 'Authorised Meter Agent' scheme to ensure accuracy of all the meters installed in licensed vehicles.

The scheme provides specialist meter agents who have the knowledge and equipment necessary, the authority to inspect, test and calibrate meters on behalf of the council.

There are conditions attached to the scheme requiring agents to complete documentation and to ensure they only calibrate meters with information permitted by the council.

Taxi meter agents

Authorisation No. 1
Taximeter Services
Unit 16 Redburn Industrial Estate
Westerhope
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE5 1NF

Tel: 0191 267 7661

Authorisation No. 2
JG Taximeter Services
John Guy (Digitax Agent)

Tel: 07966198143

Authorisation No. 3
Digitax Electronics UK LTD
Tanners Bank
North Shields
NE30 1JH

Tel: 0191 296 1294

Authorisation - No. 4
Sunderland Mobile
Communications
East Cross Street
Sunderland
SR1 1XB

Tel: 07808 101391

Authorisation No. 5

HB Electronics
(John Rosindale)
10 South Street
West Rainton
County Durham
DH4 6PA

Tel: 0191 5845590

Authorisation No. 6
(Allocated but not listed)

Authorisation No. 7
RMTS Authorisation
(Michael Pippet)
Unit 7 Mitre Place
South Shields
NE33 5TB

Tel: 0191 4553311

Authorisation No. 8
R T Systems
6 Derwenthaugh Marina
Blaydon on Tyne
NE21 5LL

Tel. 01914148880

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