The Southampton Hackney Association are very proud of our city and what it has to offer! Southampton has a rich and interesting history which can be discovered through its many historical buildings, museums and attractions. Just a short walk or drive around the city and you will see the Medieval City Walls, Tudor House, Old Town and Bargate.
Southampton's monumental Civic Centre is a grade II listed building that was built in the early 1930's. It currently houses the SeaCity museum as well as the city's library, art gallery, guildhall and council offices. It is easily recognised by the iconic clock tower which was designed to be seen from all areas of the city.
Did you know that you can climb the clock tower with a Clock Tower Tour? A walk of 200 steps will take you to the top for views across the city and the chance to learn more about the tower's fascinating history.
Find out more about Southamton Clock Tower Tours
The newest addition to the Civic Centre, the SeaCity Museum is also well worth a visit! Interactive displays suitable for all ages offer an insight into the maritime history of the city. The Museum tells the tales of the many people who visited the port throughout history including those on the Titanic which sailed from Southampton in 1912.
Find out more about SeaCity Museum
If you need a ride around the city, look out for a white Hackney Carriage Taxi! Hail from the road or find us at the Taxi Rank located just up the road from the Civic Centre at Portland Terrace.
Chairman of the Southampton Hackney Association, Ian Hall and Vice Chairman, Jim Martin were honoured to be invited to The House of Commons by Ian's local MP Dr. Julian Lewis. During the visit they met with John Hayes, Minister for State, to discuss the private hire and taxi trade efficiency of legislation in the UK. An informal working group was also established and the SHA were invited to respond to recommendations made by The Law Commissions May 2014 report.
It was a great privilege for representatives of Southampton Hackney Association to be given this opportunity.
Southampton Hackney Association taxi drivers have been supporting local charity Wessex Cancer Trust. Steve Russell, a security guard at Associated British Ports, Southampton Docks, organised the fundraising collecting £509 for the charity with help from Southampton Taxi drivers, including the Southampton Hackney Association, along with kind donations from others visitors to the port.
Community champion, Steve, has worked tirelessly for over a decade to support Wessex Cancer Trust, raising over £4000 in total!
Wessex Cancer Trust provide a range of help and support for those affected by cancer including assistance with travel to hospital for treatment, obtaining financial grants and providing information to people to help understand cancer prevention, causes and treatment.
Looking for something new and exciting to do in Southampton? How about a ride on the UK's tallest mobile ferris wheel which is currently located at the Bargate in Southampton city centre? For just £4 a person (£12 for a family of 4) you can experience a unique five minute ride on the 115 foot structure, enabling you to take in some fantastic views of the city and water beyond. If you are lucky to ride on a particularly clear day, you may even get a glimpse of the Isle of Wight! The ferris wheel will be in Southampton until the 28th October so if you fancy a ride, make sure you catch it while you can.
The ferris wheel is located just a short walking distance from the Bargate Taxi Rank - why not pick up a white Hackney Carriage Taxi to take you to your next destination after enjoying your ride?
Fellow Taxi Drivers,
We currently face a number of challenges in our profession, Uber and exhaust emissions to name a few, in addition to occasional difficulties with the licensing department.
So at this time, it is important that we all think positive and stick together! As Hackney Carriage taxi drivers, we provide members of the public with a safe, reliable and comfortable service, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Southampton Hackney Association is here to provide help and support to each other in dealing with these difficulties and as a group to make our common interests heard.
It was reported by the BBC today that Transport for London will not be issuing Uber with a new private hire licence due to conduct, '... which could have potential public safety and security implications.' Uber will be able to continue operating for 21 days during which they can appeal.
Read more on the story here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-41358640
Mr Ian Hall, Chairman of the Southampton Hackney Association, spoke about Uber just this morning on Radio Solent. He welcomes the fact that Uber has lost its licence in London and has, through a Freedom of information (FOI) request, asked Southampton City council what specialist advice they were given to allow Uber to have an operators licence in the city. We await their response.
If you need a taxi with a ramp facility, suitable for wheelchair users, contact The Hackney Taxi Association for details of our accessible vehicles. Southampton Hackney Assosciation have a range of vehicles including MPVs and pupose built vehicles which can accommodate wheelchairs (depending on size).
Our drivers can also be of assistance to those with other disabilities including customers who may be accompanied by a guide dog.
Southampton Taxi Assosication welcome enquiries, please get in touch with any questions and we will do our best to help!
Everyone will know of the white taxis in and around Southampton. They are safe to hail at the kerbside and at taxi ranks throughout the city. Have you ever thought of taking a white taxi out of town? The Southampton Hackney Association member drivers are more than happy to take you out and about and we can quickly quote you for a trip!
Being on the edge of The New Forest, and near to historic places such as Winchester and Portsmouth it's a shame not to take advantage of all the our great city has to offer; with it's centralised location to a whole host of interesting places and beauty spots.
Simply use the Trip Enquiry form to ask one of our members to quote you, then if you're happy to go ahead we will ensure you get from A to B!
Please be aware, The Southampton Hackney Association is not a taxi company. We are an organisation which promotes and supports the licensed taxi trade in Southampton. As such we are unfortunately unable to help locate lost property left in taxis.
We would like to take this opportunity to remind taxi customers to take care of their belongings and remember to ensure that your bag, phone, wallet etc. are with you when you have completed your journey.
Any lost property that is found in our taxis will, according to driver conditions, be taken to Southampton Central Police Station
A range of well known cruise companies operate from Southampton's four passenger cruise terminals including P&O Cruises, Princess, Cunard, Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruise Line and Fred Olsen, making Southampton the UK's number one cruise port.
With a huge number of holidaymakers passing through Southampton in order to embark and/or disembark cruise liners, it is a regular destination for our Hackney Carriage Taxi drivers who are ready at the cruise terminals when a ship comes in to transport you home or to your hotel.
For a convenient and safe trip after your cruise, simply look out for one of our white Hackney Carriage Taxis waiting at the cruise terminal when you disembark - they are easy to spot by their white roof signs and red hackney carriage licence on the back of the vehicle. Our drivers will be happy to help you with your luggage and drive you safely to your required destination.