related topics
{car, race, vehicle}
{city, large, area}
{system, computer, user}
{@card@, make, design}
{company, market, business}
{law, state, case}
{service, military, aircraft}
{rate, high, increase}
{language, word, form}
{black, white, people}
{math, energy, light}
{specie, animal, plant}
{work, book, publish}

A taxicab, also taxi or cab, is a type of vehicle for hire with a driver, used by a single passenger or small group of passengers, often for a non-shared ride. A taxicab conveys passengers between locations of their choice. In modes of public transport, the pick-up and drop-off locations are determined by the service provider, not by the passenger, although demand responsive transport and share taxis provide a hybrid bus/taxi mode.

There are four distinct forms of taxicab, which can be identified by slightly differing terms in different countries: hackney carriage, also known as public hire, hailed or street taxis, available for hire and reward and for hailing on street; private hire vehicles (PHVs), also known as minicabs (private hire vehicles in London are only available by pre-booking, not (legally) available for hailing on street; it is also illegal to pass off a private hire vehicle or minicab by calling it a taxi); taxibuses, also known as jitneys, operating on pre-set routes for hire and reward, typified by multiple stops and multiple independent passengers; and limousines, specialized vehicle licensed for operation by pre-booking.

Although types of vehicles and methods of regulation, hiring, dispatching, and negotiating payment differ significantly from country to country, many common characteristics exist.


Full article ▸

related documents
Nissan Z-car
Grand Prix Legends
Radio-controlled car
Land Rover
V8 Supercars
Porsche 928
AMC Gremlin
Seat belt
Sports car racing
Kart racing
High-speed rail
Alfa Romeo
Citroën 2CV
Rail transport
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Great Western Railway
Monaco Grand Prix
Gilles Villeneuve
AC Cars
Citroën SM