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.
Are you a local Hackney Taxi Driver? Why not join our group of self employed taxi drivers? Southampton Hackney Assosciation was set up in 2001 as a way to promote and benefit Hackney Taxi drivers in the city of Southampton. By becoming a member of the SHA you can benefit from the support of other drivers who have similar interests and issues of concerns as yourself.
Southampton Hackney Assosciation are approved and in regular consultation with Southampton City Council, helping them in fomulating policies which will be beneficial to our trade. We are also proud to be affiliated to Assosicated British Ports.
We are always pleased to welcome new members! If you would like to be considered for membership please download the form at the bottom of the Join Us page of our website. Or get in touch with any questions or queries.
You will see a number of different vehicles in Southampton transporting passengers including Hackney Carriage Taxis, (like ourselves) Private Hire vehicles and Minicabs but surprisingly not everybody knows the difference!
Often people don't realise that only licensed Hackney Carriage Taxis are allowed to be hailed from the roadside. Private Hire vehicle and Minicabs can only transport passengers who have prebrooked.
In addition to being able to 'hail and ride', there are other reasons for taking a white Hackney Carriage Taxi too:
- Licenced and registered by Southampton City Council
- Drivers are all CRB checked
- Majority of drivers hold NVQ or BTEC qualifications in transporting passengers by taxi
- Nearly all vehicles are fitted with CCTV
- Cars are MOT checked each year and given additional roadworthy testing if over 2 years old
- Vehicles are retired after 9 or 12 years
Hackney Carriage Taxis are easy to spot in and around the city as they are all white with a white taxi sign on the roof and red licence on the back of the vehicle. Private Hire cars, on the other hand, can be any colour and don't have the taxi sign on the roof.
For a safe journey home, choose a Hackney Carriage Taxi!
As Chairman of the Southampton Hackney Association (SHA) which was established in 2001, we will continue for many, many years, to support our members to the utmost but as a local taxi association, there is only so much we can do.
It is never too late to join a trade union and believe it or not, I have just done this myself in joining the GMB. I have joined because I need some protection connected with my job and the union can give me advice, support and representation in my workplace. There are a number of areas the Union can help with including injuries and accidents at work, road traffic accidents, industrial disease, criminal injury and disciplinary hearings, to name but a few.
Established in the late 1800s, over time the GMB has merged with a number of other unions to create the third largest in this country with almost 639,000 members. The GMB protect people in a whole range of workplaces and are proud to represent licensed drivers having a proactive Taxi Branch in London and some areas of the country including the private hire trade too.
The cost of GMB membership is £13 a month by direct debit. A road traffic fund is an additional cost, which offers a variety of benefits.
You can join online by visiting their website: https://www.gmb.org.uk/join OR contact me for a membership form: firstname.lastname@example.org - giving me you name and mobile number.
Southampton City Centre offers a lively and varied night life with a great range of bars, clubs and music venues. So whatever kind of music you enjoy, whether you want to dance or simply relax, you can find something to suit your taste! Multi room clubs such as Oceana at Leisureworld offer a range of events and plenty of space for dancing or if live music is more your thing, The Platform Tavern at Town Quay offers great atmosphere and live music four days a week. There's plenty of clubs to choose from around Above Bar Street including Yates and Switch, or why not head down towards Oxford Street for a range of pubs and bars including The White Star Tavern where you can enjoy an al fresco cocktail?
Take a look at the link below for a useful map of Southampton nightlife - Southampton Hackney Association can take you to all these places and more in and around Southampton.
Nightlife in Southampton City Centre
You won't need to decide what time you want to come home with a Hackney Carriage cab as there's no need to pre book! You will find our taxis at taxi ranks throughout the city including Above Bar Street opposite Yates, London Road (nighttime only), Leisureworld cinema entrance and Town Quay opposite the Red Funnel Terminal. Or simply hail from the roadside!
Southampton Hackney Association Taxis are fully insured, all our drivers are CRB checked and nearly all vehicles are fitted with CCTV - so you can be sure of a safe journey home.
Despite being known for its interesting history and heritage, Southampton City Centre is also the perfect place to visit for some more modern entertainment!
Why not give West Quay a visit with over 100 shops, a choice of stylish restaurants, Hollywood Bowl and new Showcase Cinema De Lux - there's certainly plenty to keep you busy for the day.
Some great reasons to get a Hackney Carriage taxi to and from West Quay include:
- Saves you the stress of driving in the city traffic - just sit back and relax!
- Avoid the hassle of finding a parking space - get dropped off right where you want to be.
- Treat yourself to nice drink while you're out without worrying about having to drive.
Travel by taxi for a more relaxing way to enjoy a trip out to to West Quay. You can can find white Hackney Carriage taxis, at all hours, at the rank opposite West Quay.