A vehicle for hire is a vehicle providing shared transport, which transports one or more passengers between locations of the passengers' choice (or close to it).
Vehicles for hire can be distinguished from conventional modes of public transport in that vehicle for hire passengers are more or less free to choose their starting and ending locations (point of origin and destination), whereas in other modes, the passenger must choose from a limited selection of locations designated by the service provider. This mode should also be distinguished from hiring a vehicle for driving oneself (see car rental and carsharing).
The most common vehicle for hire around the world is the taxicab; other vehicles for hire include limousines, party buses, rickshaws, auto rickshaws, motorcycle taxis, velotaxis (pedicabs), horse-drawn carriages (including hackney carriages and caleches), and water taxis. However, aircraft can also be chartered (see Air charter).
Jitneys, paratransit, share taxis, demand responsive transport, public light buses and shuttle buses are hybrids - halfway between taxicabs and buses - and operate along somewhat fixed routes, with some flexibility in where passengers may be picked up or dropped off. Some of these routes may be very long, as in New Zealand.
Shuttle services are also offered from many airports around the world: they take multiple independent passengers, like a bus, and usually run between two fixed areas (typically an airport and a downtown or hotel area), but will often pick up and drop off passengers anywhere reasonable within those areas, like a taxi. In Hong Kong, small vans provide goods services within the territory.
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Mississippi Business Journal (blog)
Thu, 16 May 2013 10:34:58 -0700
Police want tighter controls on vehicle-for-hire companies. by Associated Press. Published: May 16,2013. Tags: cab, law enforcement, police, public safety, regulation, taxi, transportation, travel, traveling public, vehicle for hire, violation ...
Tue, 21 May 2013 19:25:22 -0700
As the vehicle-for-hire business booms in both cities, the ordinance they share that regulates taxis, limousines and shuttles needed a rewrite. Both city councils approved those rewrites this week, but some elected officials called attention to a long ...
Wed, 15 May 2013 08:24:35 -0700
City officials say they've had a boom in the number of vehicle-for-hire businesses that have opened in both cities during the past several years. With that boom come extra complaints — the vast majority of which come from owners bickering about their ...
Thu, 16 May 2013 08:41:46 -0700
The commission that regulates all vehicle-for-hire services in the District of Columbia once again finds itself at odds with a tech start-up. After battling the sedan service Uber in 2012 before creating a sedan class license to allow the company to ...
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Wed, 15 May 2013 13:49:16 -0700
In last week's TLC administrative hearing, a judge ruled that Matero, who participated in SideCar's launch program, operated an unlicensed vehicle for hire. The court levied a $1,500 fine that SideCar paid. By then she had missed three days of work ...
Port City Daily
Fri, 10 May 2013 08:37:24 -0700
When reached Friday morning, Bluford was preparing a citation for a woman who'd been operating a personal vehicle for hire without a permit. At least some of the illegal for-hire vehicles are run by individuals who couldn't pass the background checks ...
Austin Business Journal (blog)
Thu, 16 May 2013 09:53:09 -0700
Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin, argue that current laws prohibiting such alcohol advertisements are inhibitory to businesses such as taxi cab operators and vehicle for hire services that derive portions of their income from advertisements. The bill now ...
East Valley Tribune
Wed, 08 May 2013 11:36:48 -0700
Jan Brewer on Tuesday signed legislation which will require those who own or lease out taxis and other vehicle for hire to screen applicants for drugs at the time they are hired or allowed to lease one of the vehicles. That is on top of an existing ...
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