Colchester Borough Council sets a maximum Hackney Carriage (Taxi) tariff only. This means that the driver of the vehicle cannot charge more than this fare which will be also displayed on the taxi meter in the vehicle. The driver can however charge less than the maximum fare if they so wish on negotiation with their customer.
Taxi tariffs which are also known as taxi fares are agreed by Colchester Borough Councils Licensing Committee at the request of the Colchester Hackney Carriage Association who must apply to the Council to increase the maximum taxi tariff. The last increase to this fare/tariff was in November 2011.
The tariff charged by the driver will vary depending on whether the vehicle is a saloon type vehicle which has four seats (4 passenger seats), or whether it is a people carrier type vehicle which can seat from five up to a maximum of eight passengers. A taxi can never be licensed to carry more than 8 passengers.
You can see lists of the taxi tariffs in Colchester here:
Hackney Carriage Tariff - up to 4 passengers
Hackney Carriage Tariff - 5 to 8 passengers
A fare or tariff rate may also depend on what time of the day or night you make your journey, what day you travel, how many persons are travelling, or how much luggage is carried. For example if you travel in a 4 passenger seat vehicle between the hours of 06.00a.m until 22.00p.m on a Monday to Saturday you will be charged at tariff rate 1, but if you travel in the same type of vehicle after 22.00p.m or on a bank holiday you will be charged at rate 2.