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Taxi meters and charges


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


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.

Tariff 1Cost

For hirings between 7am and 10pm

If the distance does not exceed 173.74 metres (190 yards)

For the whole distance

For each succeeding 173.74 metres (190 yards)20p
Waiting timeCost
For each period of 60 seconds40p

Tariff 2


For hirings between 10pm and 7am Monday to Saturday inclusive; all day Sunday; from 8pm on the eve of all Bank and public holidays until 7am on the day following Bank and public holidays and from 8pm on 24 December until 7am on 2 January

If the distance does not exceed 146.3 metres (160 yards) For the whole distance

For each succeeding 146.3 metres (160 yards)20p
Waiting timeCost
For each period of 60 seconds40p

Additional charges 

Surcharge for all journeys on Christmas Day and New Years Day£2
For each dog (Except assistance dogs)50p
For fouling the vehicle£100 maximum

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


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
Newcastle upon Tyne

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
East Cross Street

Tel: 07808 101391

Authorisation No. 6
(Allocated but not listed)

Authorisation No. 7
(Allocated but not listed)

Authorisation No. 8
Apex Radio Systems Ltd (formerly R T Systems)
102 Tantobie Road
Denton Burn
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE15 7DQ

Tel. 0191 228 0466

Authorisation No. 9
Cygnal Limited
Unit 1 Hetton Lyons Ind. Est.
Hetton le Hole
Houghton le Spring
Tyne and WearTyne and Wear

Tel. 0191 517 0888

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