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Taxicabs in a single country often share a set of common properties, but there is a wide variation from country to country in the vehicles used, the circumstances under which they may be hired and the regulatory regime to which these are subject.


GAZ-21 and Toyota Corolla E70 taxis in Kabul, Afghanistan

Old-style Toyota Corolla, Toyota Corona, GAZ-21"Volga", VAZ-2101 "Zhiguli", and Lada taxi cabs in Afghanistan are still used as regular taxis.


Taxicab in Albania

In Albania, taxicabs are easy to be found. In Tirana, the capital city, they are all painted in yellow with various signs on the roof. The official taxies have yellow plates with red text. The Albanian word is "taksi", but most of the signs are in English. The most preferred cars are Mercedes-Benz E-Class but lately, the law forces taxi drivers to buy cars that are younger than 10 years old. 90% of the Taxicabs are private, there are only two companies operating and they only operate in Tirana. The biggest one, MerrTaxi, operates with Hyundai Elantra, Mitsubishi Lancer and Škoda Rapid, while "SpeedTaxi" operates with Škoda Rapid and Škoda Superb. Beside the two companies, very few drivers use their Taximeter.


In Argentina taxicabs are called 'taxis'. In the capital Buenos Aires (and Rosario and others) the colours of the taxis are black, with yellow roofs, as a reference to the many Peugeot 504 which served as taxis in the 1980s, which used the same paint layout. The licensing is a central government function. Today, most models are Chevrolet Corsa and Fiat Siena, with retrofitted or factory-built NGV power plants which means much lower fuel costs than gasoline.


Black Cabs Ford Falcon in Victoria
Swan Taxis Toyota Camry in Perth, Western Australia

Australia used horse-drawn taxis once cities were established (as had been used in Europe in the early 19th century). Motor vehicle taxis were introduced into Australia not long after they were put into service in the United Kingdom and Europe. In 1906, Sydney inaugurated motorised taxis and in approximately 1907 so did Queensland, and other states followed soon after.

The progress through the years included many types of tourers from the 1910 era until the late 1920s, with British and American cars predominating.

Sedans were added during the late 1920s and included similar makes of vehicles. This was the case with all cars being imported into Australia until World War II began. American cars proved more suitable to Australian motoring conditions especially for taxis. General Motors Corporation built thousands in Australia, as did the other American companies including Ford Motor Company and Chrysler.

Most taxis in Australia are now the Ford Falcon, Holden Commodore or Toyota Camry with most using LPG fuel. More recently, the Chrysler 300C turbo diesel and BMW 5-series diesel have been introduced to replace the phased out Fairlane. The Toyota Prius is also used in metropolitan areas. There are also "maxi taxis" which mostly are for-hire minibuses; Toyota Hiaces, Volkswagen Multivans and Mercedes-Benz Vitos are typically used.

Taxis can also be maxi taxis, seating more than 4 passengers, or a wheelchair passenger.

The release of hybrid cars has been slow, but is beginning to replace LPG taxis.


Toyota Premio taxi in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Taxis in Bangladesh generally of Toyota Corolla (E160), Toyota Premio and Toyota Allion in Yellow color. Taxi fare in Bangladesh generally starts from 80 Taka per kilometer. Almost all taxis now run on LPG as well as diesel.


Hyundai Sonata taxicab in Sofia, Bulgaria

Until the fall of socialism in Bulgaria,all taxis were VAZ-2101 and Moskvitch 2138. Today in Sofia, Hyundai Sonata taxis are mainly found. In 2013,"green" Toyota Prius taxis were introduced.


Taxicabs in Shanghai

In China, taxicabs are very common throughout the country. Tencent's Dididache is a smartphone application especially designed for Zte and Huawei which matches passengers and willing taxi drivers who are situated in close proximity. For passengers, a list of nearby taxicabs is created via GPS, and a signal is sent out indicating an expression of interest. Conversely, for taxi drivers with the app installed on their phones, the GPS system quickly lists and localizes nearby potential clients; and once a match is created, the taxi can efficiently pick up awaiting passengers.

Dididache is a dominant player in China's taxi-hailing arena, with a market share exceeding 60% and service extending to 32 cities including the Tier-1 conurbations of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen. Dididache in 2014 has 40 million registered users, a doubling from 2013's user base; and every month, more than 21 million cab rides are booked through the service, or 700,000 bookings per day. Additionally, from the taxicab perspective, Dididache already has an extensive user base of taxi drivers of more than 350,000 vehicles across China most of which are BYD e6. Others are Luxgen.

Even in very small villages, there will be cars for hire. In smaller towns and villages, taxicabs are generally unregulated and may consist of a bike with a carriage, or more commonly, motorcycles with extensions that allow three people to sit in the rear. Even in large cities, taxicabs are generally very lax forms of transportation. Taxicabs in Shanghai may not refuse to go to any destination within the city. Relative to the west, taxicabs are very cheap, and in smaller areas the fare may be 1 yuan per person.


Kia Picanto taxicab in Bogota, Colombia

In Colombia taxicabs are yellow in most of the cities. The most common taxicab around is the Hyundai Atos, praised for its fuel economy. Other similar, popular taxicab vehicles include the Chevrolet Matiz and the Kia Picanto


Hyundai Elantra taxicab in Cairo
Chery A5 Cairo taxi

Taxicabs are common in Egypt, particularly in the larger cities. The taxi system is highly decentralized, with the cab generally belonging to the driver and operated as a private business by him. Consequently, there is some variation in the types of cars used as taxis, although the Tofaş Şahin (including the licensed version produced by Nasr) and Hyundai Accent predominate. Drivers must obtain a taxi license from the government, generally through the offices of the Governorate in which they are based; however, taxis are permitted to operate between cities. Drivers must also paint their cars according to a livery unique to each governorate, including painting the license plate number of the cab on its doors in both Arabic and English. The traditional liveries of Cairo (black and white) and Alexandria (yellow and black) are well-known to all Egyptians and indeed across the Arab world from their appearance in Egyptian film and television.

Meters are technically required by Egyptian law, but they generally go unused and in many cases do not even work. The prime exception is in Cairo, where a new class of taxi with a different livery (white with a black checkered band around the middle) have electronic meters installed and used. In most other cases, the price of a journey is generally determined through negotiation or bargaining between the passenger and driver, either just after the cab is hailed or just after the destination is reached.

Many if not most Egyptian taxi drivers have some education and frequently work in white collar professions that nevertheless come with low pay (generally low-level government work, including education); taxis are a common source of supplemental income for many Egyptian families. Consequently, taxi drivers are a common source of vox populi for foreign media sources.


In Eritrea are all taxis yellow. In the capital, Asmara are all new yellow Kia, Toyota and Mercedes Benz. They are often 5 passengers seats. The taxis are owned by the same company all over Asmara. The taxi traffic starts slowing down after nine o'clock in the evening in the northernmost part of the cities suburbs, but the inner city and southern partside of the town have a lot of taxis. The taxis in Massawa are often large like mini buses but are still taxis. They too, as the rest of the country, have yellow cars.


Skoda Superb Combi taxi in Finland

After World War II, Russian cars, especially Pobeda and Volga, dominated the taxi market in Finland for several years. In the late 1950s the import restriction on cars was lifted for taxi operators, which made it feasible to import western cars in larger numbers. By the end of 1960s Mercedes-Benz in particular had gained a dominant position, accounting for up to half the taxi stock, and the Finnish distributor of Mercedes, VEHO, even has a separate taxi sales department. Mercedes has remained the archetypal taxi ever since, although other makes such as Volvo (especially estate models) and the VAG brands are also common.

Taxis in Finland do not have to be liveried in any particular colour or pattern. They are recognisable from the yellow 'TAKSI' sign on the roof, which is illuminated when the taxi is available for hire. Taxis mainly gather at special taxi ranks, rather than being 'hailed'. Customers either walk to the taxi rank and take the first available taxi from the front of the queue, or wait at the rank for a taxi to appear. One can also order a taxi by telephone etc. to a specific address.

Former Yugoslavia[edit]

In the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Mercedes-Benz W123, Mercedes-Benz W115 and Mercedes-Benz 220S were mostly used, but Zastavas, Gaz Volgas and many other brands of cars were common as well.


Mercedes-Benz taxicab in Nancy

The first horse-drawn forerunners of taxis appeared on Parisian streets in 1637. France was one of the first countries to use modern taxis—that is, gasoline-powered vehicles with fare meters in 1899. New York's first taxis were imported from France in 1907, and taxis were famously used for troop transportation during the First Battle of the Marne. Within last two decades a big part of taxis in France were Peugeot cars among them we can find the mythic Peugeot 406 used in "Taxi" the French action-comedy film. Other brands include Škoda, Citroën and Renault. Mercedes are common in Paris.

Many French taxis included mainly Peugeot, Renault, and Citroën cabs by the past. Today Skoda, Mercedes BlueTec and Toyota Prius hybrid cars are also largely use.


Mercedes-Benz E-Class taxi in Germany

In the history of the Taxi perhaps an important step was relative to the invention of the taximeter by German Friedrich Wilhelm Gustav Bruhn engineer in 1891,[1] and the Daimler Victoria —the world's first meter-equipped (and gasoline-powered) taxicab—was built by Gottlieb Daimler in 1897, and began operation in Stuttgart that same year.

In Germany today, taxicabs are mostly a light, pale yellow/beige (ivory-coloured, RAL number 1015) (since November 2005 in some jurisdictions the colour has not been compulsory anymore; before 1971 they were black), with a small illuminated cylinder-like "TAXI" sign on the roof of the car (on when available, off otherwise). Typically the taxicabs are Mercedes-Benz E-Class and S-Class along with other, mainly German, brands. Taxicabs are either sedans, station wagons, or MPVs. Common station wagon taxicabs include Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Among the MPVs, Mercedes-Benz B-Class, and Mercedes-Benz Vianos are common. Most taxicabs are automatic transmission, and some have navigation systems on board. Rates are usually near to other western European countries[2] however, in Berlin taxis have a special low fare (€4) called "Kurzstrecke" for distances less than 2 km very useful for old people, except in Portugal in other western European capitals usually the minimum fare to take a taxi costs double; Netherless, the convenience and high quality of public transportation in most German cities eliminates the necessity for German citizens to use taxicabs. Although allowed, "Street Hail" is a relatively uncommon practice in Germany because cabs rarely circle the cities when vacant. Because there are relatively few customers, most cabs return to assigned waiting stations and are called on demand. Although this has proven to be more economic for cab drivers, it is considered very inconvenient for commuters because taxis include the ride from the waiting station to the pickup point in the fare.


In Guyana taxis are most commonly Toyota Carinas, Toyota Corollas, and Nissan Laurels. Any vehicle registered with the first letter as "H" is a taxi. There are over 20000 registered taxis in the country. Some cars are not registered to be taxis but still operate as them. They are called Private Hire cars and operate illegally in the country. They have "P" plates and are not authorised to operate as taxis. As of 2010 taxis are required to be painted yellow. They also have a sticker on the rear bumper that reads Hackney Carriage.

Hong Kong[edit]

Nissan Cedric taxi in Hong Kong
Toyota Comfort taxi in Hong Kong

During the early colonial times, sedan chairs were the only form of public conveyances. Public chairs were licensed, and charged according to tariffs which would be prominently displayed.[3] Chair stands were found at all hotels, wharves, and major crossroads. Their numbers peaked in about 1920.[4]

The pulled rickshaw, first imported from Japan in 1870, was a popular form of transport for many years, peaking at more than 7,000 in the early part of the 20th century.[4] The rickshaw and sedan chair vied for customers depending on their budget, haste, or terrain to be negotiated. The rickshaw was more rapid, but was not suited to climbing the steep terrain of Hong Kong Island.[4]

Rickshaws' popularity waned after World War II. There were about eight in 1998,[4] and only four left in 2002. The last sedan chair was reportedly abandoned in 1965;[4] and the rickshaws have disappeared since the ferry's closure at the end of 2006.

The earliest modern taxi service was first officially recorded by the government in 1947 with 329 cars.[5]

In Hong Kong today, there are three types of taxis, painted in different colours, serving different parts of the territory. The most common one, which is painted in red. The red taxi serves throughout Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. Green taxis serve the New Territories and blue taxis serve Lantau Island. Most taxis in Hong Kong are Toyota Crown Comforts. Taxis pick up passengers from streets, or by radio-dispatch by phone. Fares are charged according to the distance measured by meters. Surcharges include tolls, luggages and pets.


Skoda Octavia taxi in Hungary

In Budapest, the capital of Hungary from 2013 every taxis must be painted in yellow.

Some include; Škoda Octavia, Škoda Superb and Mercedes-Benz E-Class


Taxi in Mumbai, India

In India, taxicabs have a yellow-black livery. Old taxicabs in India are Premier Padmini or Hindustan Ambassador cars, whereas private taxicabs include Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Tata & Mahindra (mainly in the metros). The newer taxis are white, one of the many reasons why the expensive taxis have been dubbed White Taxis by the locals in cities. Taxis and all other commercial vehicles have a yellow number plate so charging taxes and toll in highways is easier for the officials.

Depending on the city/state, taxis can either be hailed, booked through applications or can be hired from taxi-stands. In cities such as Bangalore, taxis need to be hired from taxi stands, whereas in cities like Kolkata and Mumbai, taxis can be hailed on the street. There are additional surcharges for luggage, late-night rides and toll taxes are to be paid by the passenger. Thanks to the booming economy but due to disparities in income many types of taxis have come up. For example, in Delhi there are 5 types of taxi. Auto rickshaws (most affordable), Normal Taxis, Radio Cabs, White Taxis and Tourist Taxis. In areas like Noida and Gurgaon auto rickshaws are banned thus giving the taxis a monopoly. Chandigarh also has a well established system of modern radio cabs.

By Government regulations all taxis are required to have a fare-meter installed. Taxis face stiff competition from auto rickshaws but in some cities, for example Mumbai, auto rickshaws are banned in the main city district, thus giving taxis a monopoly. This monopoly directly affects the kind of cars used in India as cabs as well as the kind of economical and transport conditions.

In many parts the Taxis are usually Renault India Logan, Tata Indica/Indigo, Toyota Innova. Mahindra Verito/Xylo. Maruthi Omni/EECO/Swift Dezire. Chennai Taxis drivers can speak English very well and very tourist friendly.


Toyota Vios Limo (NCP93) is the most popular taxi in Jakarta.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class (W203) Silver Bird taxi in Jakarta.

Taxicabs began to be popular in Jakarta from the early 1970s with cars such as the Datsun 220C, Holden Torana, and Toyota Corona. Smaller cars, for example the Toyota Corolla, and various types of Datsun, were also used from mid-1970s to late 1980s.

In the 1970s, taxicabs were in various colors, although at that time mostly yellow, and a major operator ran light blue taxicabs. The main vehicle replacement for most taxicab operators was in mid-1980s when they replaced their old fleet with Nissan Stanza 1.6 T11. With the exception of the popular light blue, all other operators had their Stanzas painted yellow.

Due to poor sales in the private car market, but good fuel economy and reliability, Holden Gemini diesel cars were used as taxicabs during the 1980s. The same happened to Nissan Sunnys and Ford Lasers from the late 1980s to late 1990s.

Since the color of most reliable taxicab company in Jakarta is medium blue metallic (previously light blue), few other operators copied their color, and even the shape of the roof sign. This could mislead someone when hail the taxicab on the street. Although most taxicabs are blue, there are also painted in any color depends on the operators.

The new taxicabs in Jakarta are mostly Toyota Limo, which is a lower spec of Toyota Vios. Before the introduction of Limo in 2004, the most popular taxi was Toyota Soluna, which based on the 1995 Toyota Tercel. The Solunas and the older variants of Limo are now used by cheaper taxicabs. Other cars also used as taxicabs are Hyundai Excel, and Kia Rio. Only one operator ran the Nissan Sunny 1.6 Neo (N16) and later replaced by the newer Nissan cars; the Tiida Latio and the Almera. By 2014, the Nissan Almera (N17) is also commonly used for taxicabs. A Honda Mobilio is also used by one operator since 2015.

There are also executive taxicabs; these are black Nissan Cedric Y31 and Toyota Crown Comfort, and recently a W203 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, a W211 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, a Toyota Alphard, a Hyundai Sonata, and a Nissan Elgrand.

With the launch of new Toyota Limo NCP93 in 2007, three generations of Toyota's small sedan are used for taxicab services in Indonesia. However, in the executive taxicab segment, only few Toyota Crown Comfort. In 2007, the executive fleet saw the arrival of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, followed by the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the Toyota Alphard in 2009. An executive taxicab operator has added the Volkswagen Caravelle to its fleet, and soon the Hyundai Starex.

As of early 2016, various taxi firms also began to use the Toyota Avanza mini MPV as an alternative fleet, particularly in Sumatra, Borneo, Central Java and East Java regions


The taxicabs in Batam consist of mostly facelifted Toyota Corolla GLi E110 sedans. Other popular models include the Nissan Sunny, Mitsubishi Lancer, and Toyota Crown Comfort. Licensed taxis have yellow license plates affixed, whereas illegal ones use white plates.


Before 2003 the most common taxis were the 1980 Toyota Crown, 1980–1981 Toyota Corona, 1980 Chevrolet Malibu, 1983–1988 Volkswagen Passat. After 2003 they changed into the Saipa Saba, BYD F3, Chery Cowin, Geely CK, Mitsubishi Lancer, Renault Logan, Chevrolet (Optra, Impala, Aveo), Nissan Sunny, hyundai elentra, hyundai accent and Dodge Charger.


A Taxi in Ireland

In the Republic of Ireland, the term taxi is reserved for vehicles that may pick up on streets and where the fare is determined by a meter. In 2006 there were over 16,000 taxis in the Republic, the majority in Dublin. Taxi vehicles do not have to be a particular colour but all carry a distinctive roofsign with the licence number prominently displayed, some with the Irish word TACSAÍ instead of the usual "TAXI", also a sticker or stickers that determine their boundaries by county, these stickers carry a letter or letters that reflect the number plate county code (e.g. D=Dublin, MH=Meath etc.) (for full list see vehicle registration plates of Ireland). And as of January 2013, a green and blue "TAXI" sticker is required on the front doors. In September 2006 a nationwide taxi fare system was introduced so that charges no longer depend on the county or city council area. Ford Mondeo and Toyota Avensis along with Škoda, Renault and Nissan, are the most common types of taxicab, but free cycle rickshaws sponsored by 7up are also used, and a new fleet of TACSAITHE GHLAISE (Green Taxis) is due to launch in the near future. These will be all electric and include the Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi i. No vehicle is allocated as an Irish taxicab but they must have at least four doors.

The term hackney is used in Ireland to refer to a service which can only carry passengers from a pre-booked destination (or the hackney company's office) to another destination, similar to a minicab in Britain. Such vehicles are indicated by a small yellow plate above the registration plate with the word Hackney and the licence information. They normally operate for an agreed fare.

Both taxis and hackneys are licensed by the National Transport Authority.[6]


Sherut taxi
Mercedes-Benz taxi in Israel

There are two taxi systems in Israel, with one operating as a standard taxi service and the other (taxi - sherut) as a cross between a taxi and a private bus system. The latter tends to run longer journeys or particular routes and is effectively a shared taxi - hence set pick up and set down locations but also potentially picking up or dropping off anywhere en route. Although fares are officially meter-based, it is quite common to agree the fare in advance with the driver. They have a directory guide for prices and will show the estimated alternative to the meter price, either to be accepted, negotiated or rejected by the traveler if the meter is preferred. The wisdom of the choice may be based on time of day and traffic and whether you have bags etc. which could cost more on the meter as each piece adds a set amount. Either way the eventual fare is not usually significantly different so many Israelis choose the meter without a thought. Tipping is not required but rounding up is common.


Taxicab in Italy

In Italy, taxicabs are white (previously they were yellow, in the 1950s and 1960s they were green-black or red), with a small illuminated "TAXI" white (previously red) sign on black background on the roof of the car. There are 25,186 taxis in the country (1 out of 2,412 people).[7] Mercedes-Benz, Ford and Fiat models are common. MPV or minivan taxicabs are also prevalent such as the Fiat Multipla, Fiat Ulysse, Fiat Doblo and Ford Galaxy. There is at present time a harsh political struggle between people who advocate deregulation of taxi licences and those who are against it.[8] Taxi fares are generally very high[according to whom?].


Taxicabs at Sendai Sta. parked in the taxipool

In most parts of Japan, there are many taxicabs of various colors and styles. Japan has no limitation in taxicab design, so each taxicab company adopts their own design, but owner-driver taxicabs use a prescribed design. In Osaka, most taxicabs are black because they are also used as limousine taxis.

Most Japanese taxis are one of three types of cars: a Toyota Comfort type (Toyota Crown Comfort, Toyota Comfort, Toyota Crown Sedan); Nissan Crew; and Nissan Cedric Y31. They all have automatic passenger doors, which open when a button is pressed by the driver. However, elite taxis may have drivers that manually open the door for you.

Recently, some taxi companies have selected Toyota Crown S170 and/or S180 as taxis because cars made for use as taxis (such as Comfort, Crew and Cedric) have very plain interiors.


Taxi in Lithuania

In Lithuania taxicabs are called 'Taksi', all of them have a small, yellow illuminated cylinder-like "Taksi" sign on the roof of the car and black-yellow square lines on the sides. At the capital city Vilnius, taxicabs are divided into two categories: expensive and cheap ones. Expensive ones (i.e. Vilnius veža) charges 3.99 LTL for getting in and 2.39-2.99 LTL per kilometer.[9] They use white, brand new Ford C-Max[10] or Volkswagen Touran,[11] allows passengers to pay for the trip using credit card, uses tablet computers instead of radio to communicate, drivers has special uniform. Cheap taxis in Lithuania mostly uses older vehicles of high classes such as Volkswagen Passat (B4) or Audi A6 (C4) instead of Chevrolet Spark or similar, charges 2 LTL for getting in and around 2 LTL per kilometer, they don't have specific color and can be recognized only by a yellow "Taksi" sign on the roof or black-yellow square lines on the sides.


Proton Saga Iswara taxi, Kuala Lumpur
Toyota Innova taxi, Kuching

In Malaysia, taxicabs are also referred to as 'Teksi'. There are several taxi operators running within Malaysia. Most taxicabs use their preferred car of choice, the Proton Saga Iswara saloon since the 1990s and a distinct fleet of cabs are the newer generation of Proton Saga since the 2010s.


Taxi in Mexico City with the Mexican pink[12] and white design in use since 2014

In Mexico City, according to Mexican legislation introduced in 2001, public taxicabs (in contrast with private taxicabs, or 'taxis de sitio') must be 4-door, painted in red with a white roof, and almost all new taxis are Nissan Tsurus. Before 2001 most taxicabs were green Volkswagen Beetles with a white roof. They had the front passenger-seat [clarification needed] removed in order to ease entry for passengers. At the moment, the taxi population is in a transition period, with both types in use.[13]

Originally taxis were yellow with a white roof, until they were changed in the mid-'90s (allegedly because yellow was the official colour of the Partido de la Revolución Democrática, which at the time was competing for the newly created Mexican District gobernancy with the Partido Revolucionario Institucional, which is mostly identified with green colour; officially it was to identify green taxicabs as environmentally-friendly 'ecológicos', even though they were the same polluting Volkswagen Beetles[citation needed]). As in most of the world, a special license must be obtained in order to run a taxicab.


Since 2014 the Moroccan taxi industry is living major changes. Historically the taxi cabs were Mercedes. Since 2005 with the new Touristic Transport companies Taxis now can use other types of vehicles. On top of vintage mercedes you will find 4x4's, Ford Transeo and H1's.

New Zealand[edit]

In New Zealand, as in Australia, Holden Commodores and Ford Falcons were the traditional taxicab of choice. However, in the last decade large front wheel drive V6 models such as Toyota Avalons, Nissan Maximas and Toyota Camrys predominated. In the main centres these are now being replaced by lower carbon-emission vehicles, primarily the Toyota Prius, and occasionally the Skoda Octavia.


Mercedes-Benz E-Class taxi in Norway

In Norway, the end of year 2009 roster showed that 41.9% of the 8961 taxicabs were from Mercedes-Benz, and several manufacturers that can offer a diesel-engined executive car are represented. 91.6% of Norwegian taxis are equipped with diesel engines. Among "maxitaxis" (minibuses operating as taxis), Mercedes-Benz vehicles such as the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter constitute 70% of the fleet.[14]

Taxicabs are usually distinguished by small company logo stickers on bonnet and doors and an illuminated "taxi" sign on the roof (the internationally recognised word taxi is almost always used, rather than the Norwegian word drosje; the term maxitaxi is used informally to refer to minibuses used as taxis). There is no particular colour for taxicabs though various shades of black and silver are the most popular choices of colour. Fares are always metered, although there may be fixed tariffs for certain journeys such as airport-to-city-centre.

In 2011, the most popular models of vehicles used as taxis were the Mercedes E-class, Toyota Prius, and Volvo V70, accounting for more than half of the taxi fleet.[15] The Mercedes-Benz E-classes is the most common new cab, with the hybrid Toyota Prius in second place, the latter having increased its sales due to the tax regime favoring low carbon dioxide emissions.[16]


Toyota Corolla taxicab in Oman

Taxicabs in Oman are usually with Orange panels and mostly models of Toyota or Nissan. The Number plate will be Red in colour & start with K, KA, KB ( for saloon ) and KK ( for vans) They do not have any meters installed. Fare is generally decided by bargaining with the driver, though most commuters have a good idea of what can be considered a reasonable price. The rider may choose to have the taxi "shared", or "engaged." In an engaged taxi, the driver will not take any more passenger (as opposed to a shared taxi). Usually drivers charge much more to have the taxi engaged, sometimes as much as 8-10 times the price of a shared taxi. In a shared taxi, the driver will usually get more people who need to go along the same way. Due to low costs of fuel and fairly high purchasing power parity in Oman, taxicabs are extremely cheap when compared to other parts of the world, even in the engaged mode.

A variation of the shared taxi also exists. These are usually 12-seater Toyota vans. These taxis ply along a fixed route, stopping mostly at bus stops to pick and drop passengers. Passengers usually hop onto the taxi that is headed towards their destination. To attract more passengers, taxis stick to highways and main roads. If one wishes to go towards a place not along the main road, it is generally more economical to use a shared van to commute between two bus stops, and then switch over to another taxi headed for the destination, as opposed to taking the regular taxi to commute between the 2 places.


Taxicab in Panama

In Panama are most commonly late '90s Japanese Compact or Subcompact Cars such Nissan Sentra B13 or B14, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Tercel, Mitsubishi Lancer, Mazda 323, and some more larger car such Toyota Corona T190, Nissan Primera P11, Nissan Bluebird U12, Nissan Frontier D22, Nissan Pathfinder R50, Hyundai Stellar, First Generation of Kia Sportage, Isuzu Pickups or later models of Toyota Corolla, Nissan Sentra or the Hyundai Elantra.


Taxi Daewoo Tico in Lima.

In Peru taxicabs are usually yellow or white. However, there are not a rule of color, so taxicabs also can be gray, black, red. The most common models are Korean Daewoo Tico, 90's Japanese Station Wagon Cars such Nissan AD or Toyota Corolla. These taxis were brought in the 1990s and today are disappearing of the streets, however, there is still many of these taxicabs.

Nowadays, there are newer taxis. The most common models are Kia Rio, Chevrolet Sail, Toyota Yaris, Hyundai Accent and Nissan Sentra V16 (Tsuru). In other cities like Arequipa, Ica or Chiclayo, taxis are smaller and models are usually Chevrolet Spark and Hyundai i10.


A Toyota Vios taxicab in Manila.

Taxicabs in the Philippines are color white and yellow. In metropolitan Manila, some cab companies use bicolour configurations to help distinguish their cars from other companies. Many taxis here are 7th, 8th and a few 9th and 10th generation Toyota Corollas, though Mitsubishi Lancers, Nissan Sentras and 6th Generation Mazda Familias can also be found. Toyota Tamaraws also serve as Manila's famous "FX taxis", albeit in more of a shuttle form serving certain routes, much like jeepneys. The Toyota Avanza and Toyota Vios are also being seen in taxi use lately. Before them, Isuzu Gemini was used there. In Baguio City, cabs are mainly Kia Prides and Toyota Revos. Taxis are mainly used also at Iloilo City, Bacolod City, Cebu City, Cagayan De Oro, Tacloban City and Davao City.

Nowadays, new generations of Toyota Vios, Toyota Innova, Toyota Corolla and Toyota Avanza are now being used as taxicabs around Manila.

Republic of the Congo (Congo-Brazzaville)[edit]

Taxicabs in the Republic of the Congo is almost exclusively Toyota, often old cars imported from Asia or Europe. In Brazzaville, Taxis are green and white, in the second largest city in the country, Pointe-Noire, taxis are blue and white.


Dacia taxicab in Bucharest, Romania

Taxicabs in Romania are usually yellow, like in New York City, but this is not a universal rule. For instance, in Braşov County, some cabs are white; in Arad County, most are white. Many Romanian taxis are Dacia Logan. Others include Dacia Lodgy, Opel Astra, Skoda Octavia, some Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Company name, taxi fare and license number are written on the car doors. Taxis do not include the ride from the waiting station to the pickup point in the fare.


Tesla Model S operated by Yandex.Taxi service in Moscow.

Regulated official taxicabs, identifiable by their yellow livery (from the 1st of July[clarification needed] all taxis in Moscow must be painted in RAL 1006 (maize yellow), are relatively few in Moscow, but since any car can be used as a taxi.[17] There is a long tradition of so-called (in English) 'gypsy-cabs' that comprise most of the city's fleet.[18] These are private motorists, typically in Lada 1300s or similar vehicles, who will pick up passengers in the street. For some drivers gypsy-cab work is their main source of income, whereas many others will cruise around after finishing their day jobs. Some Muscovites who are not driving specifically for hire will nevertheless pick up paying passengers travelling in the direction of their own destination.

Gypsy-cabs can be hailed quickly in central Moscow by stepping up to the curb and raising a hand.[19] Driver and passenger will negotiate a price through the front window;[17] though occasionally the driver does not wish to go to the requested destination or the passenger and driver cannot agree a mutually acceptable price, in which case the car may leave and the passenger is able to try his luck with another one.

While there is obviously a risk of crime in getting into a stranger's car in any city, using gypsy-cabs in Moscow is seen as relatively safe, though the British Embassy in the city officially discourages the practice.[20]

In contrast to taxicabs, pre-booked private-hire vehicles are readily available in Moscow on a conventional commercial basis.

Traditional cabs in the Western sense are becoming more and more common, but remain very expensive in comparison to the gypsy cabs.

In Russia there also exists a luxury taxi service where taxis are Maybachs and TechArt Magnums (tuned Porsche Cayennes).


A London taxicab in Singapore. Along with various premium vehicles, such as the Mercedes-Benz taxicabs, they charge premium booking rates

Total fleet: 27,709[21] (May 2014)

All taxicabs are fitted with meters and air conditioning; about 90% of taxis have inbuilt radiophones; call booking is done through GPS or digital voice dispatch

In the mid-1960s, the first taxicab company had their vehicles painted black with a yellow roof top. The model was a Mercedes Benz 220S, followed by the Austin Cambridge A60 which lasted till the mid-1970s. By then, the most popular taxicabs in Singapore were painted pale light blue. From the early 1990s many new taxis had new liveries, and the biggest taxicab company ComfortDelGro repainted its taxis in dark blue colour with a new logo.

Hyundai i40 Comfort Taxi in Singapore

Early examples used the Volga Gaz 24, Isuzu Florian and Morris Marina which were replaced by the Nissan Cedric (Datsun 220C Diesel) and the Toyota Crown Diesel were the most common taxicab models in the 1970s and 1980s. The smaller Toyota Corona CT191 marked the late 1980s to mid-1990s era.

Currently cars are commonly used as taxicabs in Singapore such as the Hyundai Sonata taxicab. In the mid 90s, Mercedes-Benz E-Class cabs were introduced as a premium service catered to the airport & hotels. Mercedes-Benz V-Class dubbed 'Maxicabs' followed soon after to cater to those who has greater demands or for private event limousine bookings. With a law passed instating the use of the Euro IV-compliant diesels in October 2006, some taxicab companies switched to alternative models.

Singapore taxis had used various models recently. Notably LPG models, which are increasingly popular due to government campaign for extensive use of locally manufactured LPG, such as Toyota Corolla Fielder, Honda Airwave, Honda Stream Bi-Fuel though diesel examples, which still proved economical to run, like the Volkswagen Touran, Škoda Superb, Ssangyong Stavic, Kia Magentis, and the Hyundai Sonata & Japan-built Toyota Corolla are imported. The whole cab fleet in operation predominantly consisted of 4-door saloon models with the more practical estate versions (Corolla Fielder, Airwave, Wish, Stream) being the latest additions.

Sri Lanka[edit]

Most of the cabs are run by locals in there Auto Rickshaws. Kangaroo cabs and Budget taxi are the two big taxi companies in Sri Lanka. Kangaroo Cabs has Toyota Prius, Toyota Hiace and Toyota Yaris and also provide airport transfers and can take you to other cities across Sri Lanka. Budget Taxi is the cheapest of taxi services of Sri Lanka they only consists of Tata Nano it is only considered to be travelling around Colombo

South Africa[edit]

Cape Town Taxi Cab in South Africa

South Africa has two kind of taxis, minibus taxis which are fifteen seated vehicles and meter cabs that seat between four and seven passengers. Minibus taxis and meter taxis are mostly Toyota manufactured. Minibus taxis uses the Toyota Ses'fikile (a modified Quantum/HiAce produced specifically to meet the regulatory requirements of the South African taxi market)[22] and meter taxis Toyota Avanza. Minibus operate on specific routes like buses. Meter taxis cabs operate from point to point.

South Korea[edit]

Hyundai Sonata taxicab in South Korea
Kia K5 taxicab in South Korea

There is an extensive taxicab system, with about 70,000 in Seoul alone.[23] Altogether there are about 250,000 taxis in the whole of the country.[24]

In cities such as Seoul and Busan, taxicabs are very common. There are three types: an "ordinary" (ilban;일반) taxi; a "model" (mobum;모범) taxicab, which is painted black and is bigger and much more expensive; and a 'taxicab for the handicapped' (jang-e-in call taxi;장애인콜택시), which is a yellow painted van for the handicapped people who are living around Seoul. There are also two types of taxicab drivers' license: all taxicab drivers start driving their taxicab as employees in the taxicab companies, and these taxicabs that belong to a company are called 'corporate' (bubin;법인) taxicabs. After years of service in the taxicab company, drivers get a license which allows them to purchase their own vehicle and drive it as a self-employed driver, and the taxicabs they then drive are called 'individual' (gaein;개인) taxicabs.

For 'ordinary' taxicabs, there is an extra 20% increase in fare after midnight, but this does not apply to the 'model' taxis. Most 'ordinary' taxis are silver or white in colour. Virtually all Korean taxicabs are Korean car models, and meter fares start at 3,000 South Korean won. The fares are much cheaper than in major cities in Europe and North America, and no extra fares are charged for luggage. All taxicabs are labelled in Korean with a sign 'individual' (개인), 'model' (모범), or the name of the company if the taxicab belongs to a taxicab company, and have a half-sphere on top of a half-pyramid, or to a lesser degree a silhouette of a Korean gate attached on the roof and labelled "TAXI".

In the 1970s and 1980s most taxicabs in South Korea were three Hyundai models—the Hyundai Pony, Hyundai Presto and Hyundai Stellar. Daewoo Prince was a very popular taxi model in the 1990s. More recently, taxicabs consist of modern-day Korean-made sedans such as Hyundai Sonata, Kia Lotze, and Samsung SM5.


Taxicab in Barcelona

In Spanish cities and large towns, taxicabs always have a meter, but there are smaller towns where they don't carry one and the fare is agreed. The models that can be used must be homologated previously for this function by the local authorities, and they are always four-door sedans or minivans. By far the most popular car models for taxicab duties, all around Spain, are the SEAT Toledo and the Škoda Octavia; other models that can also be found frequently are the Peugeot 406, Citroën C5, Opel Vectra, SEAT Altea XL, Toyota Avensis, Volkswagen Jetta, some Mercedes-Benz E-Class, etc.

Regarding the livery, each town and city designates the colour of their taxis, but in the overwhelming majority, it is white, usually with some kind of colour detail and/or local symbol on the doors. For example, in Madrid (and also in Almería), taxicabs are white with a red diagonal stripe going through the front doors; in Seville, they are white with a diagonal yellow stripe down the rear doors; in Bilbao, white with a horizontal red stripe on the front doors, etc. A notable exception is Barcelona, where taxicabs are fully black, except the doors and the boot lid, which are painted yellow.


Taxicabs in Stockholm

In Sweden, most taxis are painted black, yellow or dark blue, to some extent depending on the company's guidelines. There are many taxi companies, from big networks to one-car companies. The cars used are mostly estate cars such as the Volvo V70, VW Passat, and Mercedes-Benz E-class or more compact cars such as the Toyota Prius or Mercedes-Benz B-Class. License plates on Swedish registered Taxis are yellow and all end with a "T" in a slightly smaller size than the other characters on the license plate. Tariff varies, but all taxis must have a taximeter and a price comparison chart visible in the car.


Toyota WISH taxi in Taiwan
Taiwanese Prohibitory Sign P7: No Taxicabs Without Passengers.

Taxicabs in Taiwan are yellow, the same colour as New York taxis. The Road Traffic Security Rules (zh:道路交通安全規則) require drivers to be at least 20 years old and have occupational driver licenses. When drivers reach 60 years old, they may continue to drive taxis until 65 years old provided they pass annual physical examinations. Taxis in larger cities are widely metered with fares generally based on distances and now more commonly with surcharges for times in slow and stopped traffic. At Taiwanese New Year, the most important Taiwanese holiday, surcharges may also be payable.

Many different car models are used as taxis, notably Luxgen.

Historically whenever major crimes have occurred, many people, especially women, have felt less confident riding taxis due to safety and security concerns, causing taxi drivers to carry even fewer passengers.[citation needed] After two major murders in late 1996, even Yao Kao-chiao (姚高橋), the Chief of the National Police Agency, Ministry of The Interior at that time, said that his daughter would not dare to ride taxis.[25] Many taxi drivers considered his speech impacting and discriminating against them.[26]


Bangkok brightly coloured taxi - Toyota Corolla Altis
Bangkok bicoloured taxi - Toyota Fortuner

Taxis are widely available in Bangkok and come in many different colours (because of different groups or companies). Most are metered. Passengers must also pay any highway tolls. Tourists should insist on the meter when entering the cab, otherwise prices charged will be several times higher.

The taxicabs in Bangkok are mostly Toyota Limo (a lower spec of Toyota Corolla Altis) and Toyota Corolla & Corolla Altis (8th, 9th and 10th generation). There are also the other cars including Mitsubishi Lancer (6th & 7th generation), Toyota Innova, Nissan Tiida sedan, Nissan Sunny (N16&B14), Chevrolet Optra, Suzuki APV and Thairung Adventure Sport 2WD (Thairung's MPV version of Isuzu D-Max).

The previously used cars including Toyota Corolla (5th,6th,7th and 8th generation), Toyota Corona (6th,7th,8th and 9th generation), Ford Laser, Mazda 323, Nissan Bluebird, Nissan Sentra (B13), Nissan Sunny (B14&B11), Mitsubishi Lancer (3rd,5th and 6th generation), Daewoo Espero, Daewoo Nubira and Daewoo Fantasy.

The colour of Bangkok taxi are in various colours including single-colour, bi-colour and single-colour with strip. The single-colour are a company taxi, personal taxi in cooperation or alliance and rental company taxi. These colour including bright green, bright sky blue, red, orange, yellow, blue, pink, purple, violet and tan. The bi-colour are in 3 kinds including yellow+green, red+blue and yellow+orange. The yellow+green are the personal private taxi. The red+blue are the rental taxi. The yellow+orange are the company taxi.

There are also taxi in Phuket, Chiang Mai, Samui, Nakhon Ratchasima, Khon Kaen, Udon Thani and Chonburi using the similar cars as in Bangkok.

In Bangkok, there are also Airport-taxi known as AOT Limousine using various type of cars including Toyota Camry, Nissan Teana, Mercedes E-class (W211), BMW 730LI (E66), London Cab (TX II), Isuzu MU-7, Toyota Commuter (Hiace) and Nissan Urvan. These cars are in silver. The service is pre-paid at the airport from the airport into town. The passenger can also call for a service from downtown to the airport.

Trinidad and Tobago[edit]

In Trinidad and Tobago the vehicles most commonly used as taxis are fifth-generation Nissan Cedrics, fifth and sixth-generation Nissan Laurels, 6th to 8th generation Toyota Crowns, Datsun Bluebirds and any other vehicles registered with an "H". However, in Trinidad, many cars still operate as taxicabs even without being registered. These "illegal" taxicabs are called "PH"[27] or "P/H" taxis due to the fact that private cars are registered with a "P" for example, "PAU 6767". Private taxi companies are scarce and expensive, hence all taxis in Trinidad are both driver managed and driver operated. These privately owned taxis vary in colour and model, therefore one would almost never see a "yellow cab" in Trinidad and Tobago. Unlike Maxi taxis that are colour-coded to a specific area, taxicabs are not colour-coded.

United Kingdom[edit]

TX4 in London
Mercedes-Benz S-Class taxicab elsewhere in the UK

There is a mature system of taxicabs throughout the United Kingdom. In 2015, there were around 298,000 licensed drivers in England, of which 164,000 were private hire licenses, 62,000 were taxi licenses and 72,000 were dual licenses.[28] All taxicabs are regulated with various degrees of sophistication. However, London's black cabs, also known as hackney carriages, are particularly notable on account of the specially constructed vehicles and the extensive training course (The Knowledge) required for fully licensed drivers.

In Great Britain taxicabs can be defined thus -

  • Hackney carriages ('Black cabs') can be hailed in the street or hired from a taxicab rank. The term 'Hackney Carriage' can also be applied to standard passenger vehicles authorised by other Local Authorities to stop for passengers on a hail in the district. The fare is calculated on a taximeter that charges by both time and distance.

Additionally there are two further types of hire vehicles which act, sometimes illegally, as taxis; they are known as private hire vehicles -

  • Private hire is a term applied to a taxi that must be pre-booked, usually by telephone but also in some cases by fax, email or via in-car radio. Although not available on a hail, properly licensed private hire vehicles can offer a safe alternative to a 'Hackney Carriage'. The advantage of a private hire booking is that the journey is offered at a fixed price based only on mileage and not the variable time element of a taximeter found in a 'Hackney Carriage' unless the private hire vehicle is fitted with a taximeter in which case this meter must be used to calculate the fare. In many areas private hire and hackney vehicles have different coloured taxi licence plates; and also it is common that hackney carriages must be a certain colour (usually black, hence the term "black cab"), while private hire taxis may be any colour but that prescribed for hackneys.
  • Chauffeur cars are a sub-set of private hire and historically have been mostly unlicensed. However, regulations now require them to be licensed. In Scotland most chauffeur/executive car operators along with nearly all stretched limousines are not still not licensed & neither are their drivers. Generally a higher value of car such as a Mercedes or BMW is operated where the passenger pays a premium but in return receives a higher level of comfort and courtesy from the driver who may at times wear a uniform.

In Great Britain local authorities have the responsibility of regulating taxi & private hire vehicles together with their drivers. Licensed vehicles will normally have an ID plate at the rear & sometimes also at the front holding information such as the licence number, expiry date & how many passengers it can carry.

Luton is reported to have the highest number of taxicabs per head of population in the United Kingdom.[29]

The United Kingdoms private taxi-firms tend to use:

Larger cars; Skoda Octavia, Vauxhall Vectra and Ford Mondeo

7 seaters; Volkswagen Touran, Ford Galaxy and Vauxhall Zafira

More than 7 seats; Mercedes-Benz Viano, Ford Transit and Renault Trafic

Some others also include ; Jaguar X-Type, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Mercedes-Benz C-Class

United States and Canada[edit]

New York taxicab

Throughout the United States (and Canada) there is a mature system of taxicabs. Most US and Canadian cities have a licensing scheme which restricts the number of taxicabs allowed. These are sometimes called medallions or CPNC (Certificate of Public Necessity and Convenience).

Often taxi businesses own their own cars, and the drivers are hired by the company as independent contractors. However, cabs can also be owned by separately-incorporated small businesses that subscribe to a dispatch service, in which case the company logo on the door is that of the dispatch association.

A suburban taxi company may operate under several different names serving several adjacent towns. They often provide different phone numbers for each fleet, but they usually all ring into a central dispatch office. They may have subsidiary taxi businesses holding medallions in each town. Taxi companies also may run multiple businesses, such as non-medallion car services, delivery services, and school buses, for additional revenue, as the infrastructure required for maintaining, operating and dispatching the fleet can be shared. Sometimes theme or entertainment based taxis, like Funkmaster V's Uptown Cabs of Renown or Karaoke Kab, are popular Taxi services in the United States.


In Uruguay taxicabs are always called 'taxis' and not 'cabs'. In Uruguay's capital Montevideo the colours of the taxis are yellow and white. Licensing is a central government function.


GAZ-24 «taxi» edition

In the last years of USSR, the cars most used as a taxi was the GAZ series vehicles. There are two modifications: the GAZ-24 "taxi" and old series GAZ-21 "taxi".


In Venezuela taxis are mostly white with the exception of luxury ones usually found on airports and luxury hotels, which are black. In Venezuela there is not such thing as a taximeter, nor any other way to know the fare. Due to this, it is common to discuss with the driver the fare before getting inside the cab. They tend to mislead tourists when coming to the country (especially Caracas) because the city doesn't have a numerical system for the street, building nor houses, making almost impossible to navigate through the city with just a map.

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