Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers

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The Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers

This Company is the 104th Livery Company of the City of London, having actually gotten Grant of Livery in February 2004. Our members are all specialists who earn their living with the Hackney Carriage trade and include a few of London’s black cab drivers, renowned for their well-known Knowledge of London.

The major purpose of the Company is to bring together similar individuals who wish to preserve and protect the long-lasting interests of those who work within the Hackney Carriage trade. The Company likewise undertakings to advertise public awareness of the exceptionally high requirements of the Hackney Carriage trade and sector.

In the City of London these business are known as the Livery and all are distinct in their number, range and survival. The word ‘livery’ refers to consistent garments as means of recognition, for this reason the term of freemen being “clothed in livery” when they become liverymen of their Company.


In the late 1980s, a taxi driver was investigating the history of London’s taxi trade for a publication. This taxi trade chronicler discovered the history of the Fellowship and in 1990, along with a number of others, formed “The Fellowship of Hackney Carriage Drivers”, which was inaugurated on 12th April 1990.


On 9th January 1997 under the sponsorship of Alderman Sir David Howard Bt., B we successfully petitioned the Court of Aldermen for acknowledgment as a City Company without grant of Livery and in May 1997 that condition was attained. In 2004, the Company received Worshipful Status from the Court of Aldermen and our Freemen were clothed in Livery at a fantastic service at the Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great. This was a turning point in the Company’s history and in April 2009 an unique Thanksgiving Service will be held at the Church to mark the 5th anniversary.

The Cabguide Course.

Education and learning is an area of wonderful significance to the Company, which has for long times provided Hackney Carriage Drivers the chance to complete a Cab Guide Course.

Run in combination with the Museum of London, the course is acknowledged as a professional Guiding qualification. At the end of the course, pupils total both written and useful examinations, to show that they have accomplished the required criterion as set by the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers and the Museum of London Education Department. Hundreds of drivers have actually effectively finished the course to date.

On the course, pupils get lectures from Guides who are qualified in adult education. Walks are presented by Blue Badge Guides and City of London Guides amongst others, and cover The City of London, Westminster, Southwark, Belgravia and Mayfair. These talks include the History of the Cab Trade and the duties and customs of the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers, both past and present.

During the course the prospects will have complete use of the galleries at the Museum of London and the Museum of Docklands. Additional sees are made to various other Galleries and Museums; these directed visits provide a remarkable understanding into the work accomplished at these various areas.

If you would such as more details on joining the next course, which will begin on Monday 25th February 2013, please contact the Clerk on: Tel 01494 765922 or by e-mail: wchcd@tiscali.co.uk

There is no requirement to be a member of the Company, however numerous pupils appreciate the course a lot that this is their introduction to becoming a member.


Magical Taxi Tour

50 taxis undertook the first trip in 1994 with 100 children. In the Millennium year it was 125 taxis.10840_l[1]

Among London’s a lot of special charity drive occurs each year when a convoy of licensed London taxis take over 200 kids, dealing with an array of chronic debilitating diseases and life limiting conditions, on a three-day journey of a lifetime to Disneyland Resort Paris. This Magical Taxi Tour has actually gotten moments of great happiness and happiness to unwell kids. You could review Danielle who was among them on this internet site.

This incredible convoy, can be over 3 miles long when running and consists of 90 plus taxis, City of London Police escorts, Gendarmerie Nationale, London Ambulance NHS Trust vehicles and AA breakdown trucks

Arranged every year, by the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers, this occasion is only possible with the help of our sponsors who generously offer towards the £1,250 per taxi essential to satisfy the expenditures of hotel, fuel, meals, admission costs etc. The taxi drivers naturally offer easily of their time and use of their vehicles. We are fulled of despair that a few of these children have actually because perished, however with your aid we are figured out to offer even more kids this once in a lifetime possibility.