Fares

Fares apply to all hirings within Brighton & Hove City. Journeys ending outside the city area may not exceed the authorised metered maximum fare unless a prior contract is made with the driver at the time of hiring.

The fare you should pay along with the relevant tariff code will be shown automatically on the taximeter. 

Only extra charges may be added to the meter by the driver.

Tariffs

There are 10 tariffs. Tariffs 1 to 5 apply to journeys with 1 to 4 passengers. Tariffs 6 to 10 apply to journeys with 5 to 8 passengers.

Tariffs for journeys with 1 to 4 passengers

For journeys with 1 to 4 passengers, the following tariffs may apply.

Tariff 1 (normal fare)

This fare applies to all hirings except those mentioned in tariffs 2 to 10.

Fare for an initial distance not exceeding 293 yards or 80 seconds or a combination of distance and time: £3.

Additional fare for all or part of each subsequent 197 yards or 54 seconds or a combination of distance and time: 30 pence.

Tariff 2 (night fare)

This fare applies:

  • Monday to Saturday between the hours of 9pm and midnight
  • Sundays between the hours of 6am and midnight
  • bank holidays or public holidays, excluding the times covered by Christmas Day and New Year extra charges

Fare for an initial distance not exceeding 293 yards or 80 seconds or a combination of distance and time: £4.

Additional fare for all or part of each subsequent 197 yards or 54 seconds or a combination of distance and time: 30 pence.

Tariff 3 (late-night fare)

This fare applies each day between midnight and 6am, excluding the times covered by tariffs 4 and 5.

Fare for an initial distance not exceeding 293 yards or 80 seconds or a combination of distance and time: £5.

Additional fare for all or part of each subsequent 197 yards or 54 seconds or a combination of distance and time: 30 pence.

Tariff 4 (Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day fares)

This fare applies:

  • between 9pm on 24 December and 6am on 27 December
  • between 6am and 10am on 1 January

Fare for an initial distance not exceeding 293 yards or 80 seconds or a combination of distance and time: £4.50.

Additional fare for all or part of each subsequent 197 yards or 54 seconds or a combination of distance and time: 45 pence.

Tariff 5 (New Year's Eve fare)

This fare applies between 9pm on 31 December and 6am on 1 January.

Fare for an initial distance not exceeding 293 yards or 80 seconds or a combination of distance and time: £6.

Additional fare for all or part of each subsequent 197 yards or 54 seconds or a combination of distance and time: 60 pence.

Tariffs for journeys with 5 to 8 passengers

For journeys with 5 to 8 passengers, the following tariffs may apply.

Tariff 6 (normal fare)

This fare applies to all hirings except those mentioned in tariffs 2 to 10.

Fare for an initial distance not exceeding 293 yards or 80 seconds or a combination of distance and time: £4.50

Additional fare for all or part of each subsequent 197 yards or 54 seconds or a combination of distance and time: 45 pence.

Tariff 7 (night fare)

This fare applies:

  • Monday to Saturday between the hours of 9pm and midnight
  • Sundays between the hours of 6am and midnight
  • bank holidays or public holidays, excluding the times covered by Christmas Day and New Year extra charges

Fare for an initial distance not exceeding 293 yards or 80 seconds or a combination of distance and time: £6.

Additional fare for all or part of each subsequent 197 yards or 54 seconds or a combination of distance and time: 45 pence.

Tariff 8 (late-night fare)

This fare applies each day between midnight and 6am, excluding the times covered by tariffs 4 and 5.

Fare for an initial distance not exceeding 293 yards or 80 seconds or a combination of distance and time: £7.50.

Additional fare for all or part of each subsequent 197 yards or 54 seconds or a combination of distance and time: 45 pence.

Tariff 9 (Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day fares)

This fare applies:

  • between 9pm on 24 December and 6am on 27 December
  • between 6am and 10am on 1 January

Fare for an initial distance not exceeding 293 yards or 80 seconds or a combination of distance and time: £6.75.

Additional fare for all or part of each subsequent 197 yards or 54 seconds or a combination of distance and time: 70 pence.

Tariff 10 (New Year's Eve fare)

This fare applies between 9pm on 31 December and 6am on 1 January.

Fare for an initial distance not exceeding 293 yards or 80 seconds or a combination of distance and time: £9.

Additional fare for all or part of each subsequent 197 yards or 54 seconds or a combination of distance and time: 90 pence.

Extra charges

Extra charges which can be added to the metered fare by the driver

Fouling charge

A fouling charge can be added of up to £100.

Booking fee

A booking fee of 20 pence can be added for telephone and pre-booked hirings.

Road charges or road tolls

The driver may charge any road charges or road tolls where applicable. This must be agreed with the customer before the hire commences.

Extra charges which cannot be added to the metered fare by the driver

Administration charges

An operator’s account administration charge, including VAT at the current rate, agreed by the prior contract, may be charged separately. If charged it will form part of the fare for the purpose of any legislation.

The driver cannot add these charges to the fare shown on the taximeter.

Additional information

The maximum number of people a vehicle is licensed to carry includes children of any age.

Payment for out-of-city journeys may be requested by the driver in advance of the journey.

A person who hires a vehicle but does not pay the fare in full commits an offence.

Complaints

To make a complaint:

  • send the complaint in writing to Hackney Carriage Office, Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove, BN3 3BQ
  • send an email to hco@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Report safeguarding issues or crimes

Report crimes or concerns to the police

If you think you may be carrying someone who's vulnerable or the victim of exploitation:

  • phone 999 if you believe the risk is imminent or a crime is in progress
  • phone 101 to record and report concerns to the police in a non-emergency

Report crimes or concerns anonymously to Crimestoppers

To report a crime or concern anonymously to Crimestoppers:

Contact Brighton & Hove City Council safeguarding services

Contact safeguarding services if a child or vulnerable adult is involved:

Safe Space

Safe Space is open on Friday and Saturday nights to support anyone who has become intoxicated, distressed, or injured during their night out.

Safe Space is available for all ages. It's located at St Paul's Church, West Street, Brighton.

Safe Space is open:

  • Friday 11:30pm to Saturday 4am
  • Saturday 11:30pm to Sunday 4am

Find out more about Safe Space.