Taxis Law and Legal Definition

Taxis assist in transporting passengers to and from their homes, workplaces, and recreational pursuits such as dining, entertainment, and shopping. They also help out-of-town business people and tourists get around in unfamiliar surroundings. Each jurisdiction determines the rate and structure of the fare system covering licensed taxis.

Local governments set license standards that include minimum qualifications for driving experience and training; many taxi and limousine companies set higher standards. Persons interested in driving a limousine or taxicab must first have a regular automobile driver’s license. They also must acquire a chauffeur or taxi driver’s license, commonly called a “hack” license. Local authorities generally require applicants for a hack license to pass a written exam or complete a training program that may include up to 80 hours of classroom instruction.