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April 2024

Taxi insurance Birmingham is in high demand in both the traditional taxi (that can be hailed on the street) and the more recent private taxi driver sector. Both services will need specialist hire and reward Insurance to operate legally

Taxi insurance is available from most high street brokers like Aviva taxi insurance, plus a growing number of providers that specialise in taxi insurance only. Some of these include Haven taxi insurance, RSA, Freeway taxi insurance and Bells. These specialist can provide you with a range of quotes for black cabs, mini cabs, saloons, minibuses, luxury limousines and MPV's.  They all understand that the taxi is how you make a living, and it is important that any claim made is dealt with as quickly as possible, getting back on the road and earning.

What Cover Does Taxi Insurance Provide?

To ferry passengers for hire and reward, you will a form of hire and reward insurance, simply referred to as taxi insurance.

This applies to both private vehicles that must be pre booked and public hire taxi drivers that are licenced to pick up passengers on the street if flagged down or from taxi stands.

A taxi insurance policy will consist of 2 core elements, vehicle insurance to use your vehicle for hire and reward and public liability to provide you with cover from claims made by your passengers or other members of the public. These claims cover injury and loss or damage to their property.  

Levels Of Birmingham Taxi Cover Available 

Third party Cover - 2 Levels

Third party cover is available at 2 levels, third party only and third party with fire and theft. This cover only provides protection to the other vehicle or other property in the event of an accident, leaving you to foot any bill for damage to your own taxi cab or private hire vehicle. If you choose a third party policy with fire and theft, then cover will extend to theft of your taxi or fire damage.

Comprehensive Cover

Comprehensive cover is the preferred choice with taxi drivers in Birmingham and other parts of the UK. It provides cover for the other vehicle and for any damage to your own taxi vehicle. Fully comprehensive policies may also provide minimum third party coverage to a trailer or caravan being towed.

Public Liability Cover

This whilst not a legal requirement is essential for Birmingham taxi drivers. If one of your passengers is injured or their property damaged while in your taxi, they can make a claim against you. This cover is aimed at protecting you against legal action and compensation claims brought by the passenger or any third party.

Cover Available For all Vehicles Categories, Birmingham 

  • Minibuses
  • Multi-purpose Vehicles (MPVs)
  • Minicabs
  • Black Cabs
  • Wheelchair Accessible Taxi Vehicles
  • Hackney Carriage
  • Public Hire
  • Private Hire

Is Taxi Insurance Birmingham available if I have Convictions?

The panel of Birmingham insurance specialists can provide you with quotes for private hire insurance, even with convictions or points of your driving licence. The cost will increase, but will depend on the severity of the offence, for example having 3 penalty points you will see a slight increase whist 6 points and above will see a more stark increase

Birmingham taxi Insurance Driver Schemes Available?

  • First Time Taxi Drivers or Private Hire Drivers
  • All vehicle categories including, 9 seater minibuses, People carriers, electric vehicles and luxury salons or limos
  • Drivers with convictions
  • Under 25 taxi drivers
  • Taxi fleet insurance
  • All Taxi Licensing Authorities
  • New Taxi Badge Holders

How much is Taxi Insurance in Birmingham?

The cost of Birmingham taxi insurance or private hire insurance will depend on a number of factors. Key factors include the vehicle cost and thus the cost to replace, and the history of the driver. Other factors that play a lesser role include where you park your cab overnight and preventative measures taken to reduce risk of theft or vandalism. Post code will also play a factor, with Manchester taxi insurance and other areas paying a higher rate for cover in areas with a lower crime rate. 

  • Your age, A taxi driver under 25 should expect to pay more than drivers over 25 with a good driving history
  • The type of vehicle, a taxi minibus, will be more expensive to insure than a standard 5 seater.
  • A taxi driver with convictions
  • Motoring convictions
  • You postcode, some codes attract a higher premium as crime rate is higher.
  • All Taxi Licensing Authorities
  • Miles : If you only work part time as private hire driver, let the insurance company know, as they could place you linited miles based policy

Is There an Excess On Taxi Insurance In Birmingham?

An excess amount will also be part of any Taxi insurance policy. Expect the excess for a taxi to range from £200 to £300. If you need a cheaper taxi insurance quote, speak with the broker about agreeing to a voluntary excess amount. The idea is that by taking more responsibility for any claim costs, you will be rewarded with a lower insurance premium. 

Who provides insurance for Birmingham taxi and private hire drivers?

Most high street insurance agents can provide you with this type of cover, but also check out the specialists providers in this niche. These include Acorn taxi insurance, Birmingham office, Bells, Freeways, Westminster, Paton's, Covermy cab in Harlow and Haven amongst others.

Is Uber Taxi Insurance in Birmingham Available?

If you are considering earning some extra cash as Uber driver in Birmingham, the select panel can provide you with a range of quotes to help you find the best deal for your individual requirements.

Is Public Liability Included?

Public liability is important for anyone that deals directly with the public. Private hire and taxi drivers should safeguard themselves against claims by taking out this type of insurance. 

In general taxi, public liability cover is not included in private hire taxi insurance, but insurance companies that offer taxi cover will offer it as part of the taxi insurance package. The cost of public liability insurance relative to road insurance is not expensive and provides benefits and protection that no taxi insurance should be without. Examples of when this cover comes into play includes claims from third parties for injury, damage or lost property. As you may be aware, Injury claims can be excessive, so it is wise to have PL cover in place from day one.

Which local taxi authorities can I get a quote for?

MultiQuoteTime works in partnership with SEOPA Ltd to provide for our customer a comprehensive online insurance comparison service. This gives our customer access to a panel of specialist taxi insurance providers that can provide cover for all taxi authorities, including the following :

  • Leeds
  • Edinburgh
  • Bristol
  • Sheffield
  • Cardiff
  • London
  • Sunderland
  • Stoke

This above list is only a sample from a list that includes all local taxi authorities in the UK and Northern Ireland.

Birmingham Private Hire & Manchester Taxi Insurance FAQs

How does Taxi Insurance in Birmingham Differ from a Car Insurance policy?

If you are a taxi or private hire driver in Birmingham, having standard car insurance will not legally cover you to ferry passengers. To operate legally in Birmingham or any part of the UK including NI requires specific cover that enables to provide public or private hire. These policies are will cover the higher risk associated with spending mire time on the road in areas of high risk and additional cover required for your paying passengers. 

Am I eligible to apply for Birmingham taxi insurance 

It is not difficult to become a taxi or private hire driver in Birmingham, even drivers with motoring convictions can apply if the conviction is spent. The main requirements are as follows::

  • Hold a public hire taxi badge or a private hire badge if you wish to apply for private hire insurance
  • Quotes available for drivers aged 21-78
  • Pass the Birmingham knowledge test
  • New and replacement private hire vehicles must be younger than 8 years (from date of first registration)
  • Pass your medical and have a copy of your medical certificate.

Once you have all of this, you can apply for your Birmingham Taxi Licence. For further information, please visit the Birmingham Council website.

How can I reduce the cost of My taxi insurance? 

If you are just getting started as a private or public hire taxi, choose a vehicle that is practical and reliable, but also in one of the lower insurance brackets. After that, you could consider taking action on some ideas below.

  • Install a taxi dash cam ( makes processing claims quicker and safeguards you from fraudualante claims ) 
  • If your vehicle does not have an immobilizer fitted get one professionally installed
  • Build up a no claim's bonus. 
  • If possible, provide secure off-road parking when not working. 
  • Pay your insurance as a one off annual payment rather than choose monthly taxi insurance payments. For some the extra fees are acceptable for the added ease of budgeting. 
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