Everything you need to know about:

Public Hire Insurance

A public hire insurance policy provides a level of insurance coverage for taxis that are licensed to pick people up off the street without a prior booking.

We understand what it’s like to be a black cab driver. It’s a challenging job – you’re sometimes working long hours at unsociable hours, escorting passengers to their destinations and dealing with heavy traffic. You can feel at ease behind the wheel knowing that our Public Hire Taxi Insurance covers several possible scenarios.

What is Public Hire Taxi Insurance?

This type of insurance policy is specifically designed to cover taxi cabs licensed to be flagged down by members of the public. Public Hire Taxi Insurance differs slightly from Private Hire Insurance because public hire cab drivers face different risks.

What does Public Hire Taxi Insurance cover?

Taxi coverage for public hire generally covers the same things as private hire coverage. You will find that the excesses and coverage limits differ due to the added risks you face when there is transporting members of the public involved.

Read more about how taxi insurance is priced here.

It’s not uncommon to have public liability cover, cover for taxi communication and audio equipment and windscreen replacement available as optional extras or even included as standard in some comprehensive policies.

As always – double check your insurance policy documentation before you buy to ensure you have the right level of coverage for you.

What is the difference between Private Hire Taxi Insurance and Public Hire Taxi Insurance?

Public hire taxis do not require advance booking, which is the primary difference between private and public hire taxis. Taxi insurance for public hire is generally more expensive than that for private hire because the vehicles are usually newer and carry an additional level of risk due to their “on-the-fly” pickup nature.