A council says it is keeping a close eye on thousands of private hire taxi drivers who are registered with it but could be working hundreds of miles away. City of Wolverhampton Council had faced a backlash from some authorities for licensing almost 9,000 private-hire drivers working in Manchester, and 300 operating in the capital.
The cost of getting a taxi back on the road after a crash is continuing to rise – and drivers are worried that they could be left footing the bill. Having been hit by the pandemic, rising fuel costs, and then the cost-of-living crisis, the soaring cost of parts is once again squeezing their finances.
Having taxi insurance that will take care of repairs and quickly get a cab back on the road gives many taxi drivers huge peace of mind.
But if you are involved in a collision, there are steps you have to take to make sure your insurance claim goes smoothly and you won’t be left with any expensive surprises.
When taxi drivers buy a new vehicle, reliability is one of the key things they look for both for now and in the future.
But it is only when they get an expensive repair bill – on top of taxi insurance and running costs – and have to wait for their vehicle to pass its MoT retest to get it back on the road that they might question their choice of car.
Although you must have taxi insurance to operate legally in the UK, there are other types of insurance needed to run a taxi business.
And, typically, the bigger the operation, the more cover is needed to protect staff, passengers and the entire operation.
Whether it is a holiday, wedding or heading home after a night out, people turn to taxi drivers to get them to and from events and venues safely.
Taxi drivers are the most versatile professionals on the road, never knowing where the next fare will take them.