ARDS TAXIS

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Ards Taxis was independently owned and operated by Tom Thompson (Newtownards) until he joined forces with the Bangor and North Down Cabs group on 24th July 2020.

Until then, Tom operated one of Newtownards` leading Independent Operator taxi services, providing Corporate and personal Taxi Transfers throughout Ireland.

Experience:

Tom has 36 years of combined taxiing and road transport delivery experience which provides him with the knowledge expected from modern-day taxi drivers…..

Ards Taxis - Tom Thompson - Owner & Operator

Ards Taxis – Tom Thompson – Owner & Operator

Ards Taxis, Bangor and North Down Cabs – What to Expect:

Ards Taxis extends a very warm welcome to everyone and pride themselves in the fact that the service they provide is safe, secure, reliable, punctual and courteous.

Passengers can sit back and relax, safe in the knowledge that a punctual, safe and comfortable journey is of the utmost priority of their driver.

Now that Ards Taxis is part of the much larger Bangor and North Down Cabs Group, a larger choice of taxi vehicle is ready available, with seating capacity up to 8 passengers.

Tom hopes you will continue to support him now that he is under the umbrella of Bangor and North Down Cabs.

Ards Taxis, Bangor and North Down Cabs Specialist Services:

Ards Taxis also supplies a first-rate Airport, Bus & Train Station, Ferry Terminal, and Long Distance Transfer Service:

  • First Class Airport Transfers.
  • No Delays, Punctual, Reliable Service.
  • Professional Meet and Greet Service offered.
  • Late arrivals, not a problem – Ards Taxis monitors your flight time and progress.   
  • Clean, Reliable, Spacious Vehicles.
  • Polite professional Drivers.
  • Long Distance Transfers throughout Ireland.

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Click HERE for Train Station Special Deals

Click HERE for Ferry Terminal Special Deals

Click HERE for Sightseeing / Fixed Price Tours

Click HERE for Bespoke Tours

New Regulations Governing Ards Taxis, Bangor and North Down Cabs in Northern Ireland:

Ards Taxis complies with the new rules and regulations introduced into the taxiing platform by the Department for Infrastructure over the past few years.

Tom strongly believes that everyone who uses taxis should read and familiarize themselves with this new legislation.

Ards Taxis, Bangor and North Down Cabs – Short Guide to New Legislation:

In May 2016, the way taxi drivers and operators license and use their taxis was changed.

A new taxi license test replaced the current Public Service Vehicle (PSV) test. New classes of taxis, a new maximum fare structure, taximeters, printers, and new style roof signs were all introduced.

There are now four new classes of taxi license and a new designated Belfast Zone (roughly a two-mile radius from Belfast city center) which restricts Class A to permitted use on certain days and at certain times (see below).

This area is basically the reason why customers are not successful in hailing down taxis in Belfast City Centre, other than Class B vehicles (Wheelchair Accessible Logo on Roof Signs).

BELFAST PUBLIC HIRE ZONE:

Ards Taxis - Belfast Public Hire Taxi Zone

Ards Taxis – Belfast Public Hire Taxi Zone

New Taxi Classifications:

Class “A” Taxis:

Taxis currently licensed as ‘Private Hire’ and ‘Public Hire Outside Belfast’ will automatically become Class A.

How the taxi can be used:

Outside the Belfast Zone, Class A taxis will be able to ply for hire, carry passengers for hire or reward and stand at taxi stands (ranks).

Within the Belfast Zone, Class A taxis can carry passengers for hire and reward, and there will be specified days and hours when they can also ply for hire and reward.

Class “B” Taxis:

Taxis currently licensed as ‘Belfast Public Hire’ will automatically become Class B

How the taxi can be used:

Class B taxis will be wheelchair accessible, permitted to ply for hire or reward, carry passengers for hire or reward and stand at taxi stands throughout Northern Ireland.

Class “C” Taxis:

Taxis currently licensed as ‘Private Hire’ and only used for weddings and funerals will automatically become Class C

How the taxi can be used:

Class C taxis can only be used on a pre-booked basis and must carry details of their booking in the taxi during the journey. Class C taxis must not display a roof sign or advertise as a taxi service but must display an internal sign.

Examples of Class C taxis are vehicles used for Uber transfers, chauffeur services, weddings, funerals, and courtesy transport.

Class “D” Taxis:

Taxis currently licensed as a ‘Taxibus’ will automatically become Class D

How the taxi can be used:

Class D is the taxi buses category which is permitted to operate only on prescribed routes when issued with a Road Service Licence or a DfI permit. In certain circumstances, taxis can be used for executive or tour services. Class D taxis do not need to display roof signs but must display internal signs.

These are the main changes to Taxi Operating and Licensing that you need to understand.

AND REMEMBER! – If you are in any way uncertain that the taxi vehicle or taxi driver is unfit or not licensed, DO NOT GET INTO THE VEHICLE.

Try to record as much information about the driver and vehicle and report it to the PSNI or DfI.

BE SAFE OUT THERE!