Permits & Inspections

Taxicab Regulations

As per the City of Hamilton Licensing By-law 07-170, Schedule 25, Appendix 1:

Taxicab Tariff/Fares

Meter and By Agreement Rates as approved by Council are set as follows:

  • For the first 71.4 meters or part thereof  $4.90
  • For each additional 55.6 meters or part of thereof $0.10 ($1.80/km)
  • For waiting time while under engagement for each eleven (11) seconds $0.10
  • Livery or meter cabs by agreement (per hour) $37.00
  • Senior Citizens receive a 10% reduction on the above Meter Rates calculated on the highest Full Dollar registered on the taxi meter. 

The above rates include the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST). 

In accordance with section 68 of the By-law, promotional discount fares are prohibited subject to the written consent of the Director of Licensing. 

When to turn on a taxicab meter

A taxicab meter is to be turned on at the commencement of loading or unloading until completion of loading or unloading. There is a 10% reduction calculated on the highest full dollar registered on the taxicab meter for senior citizens.

Parking meters

Taxicabs may park and load or unload in these areas, provided that coins are deposited in the parking meters. The solicitation of fares is allowed while the vehicle is parked, provided that coins are deposited and time is available on the meters.

No parking area

Taxicabs are allowed to stop to load or unload only. Vehicles left unattended for longer than ten minutes are considered to be parked, and in violation of the regulation. The solicitation of fares is not allowed in these areas.

Commercial vehicle loading zones

Taxicabs are allowed to pick up or discharge passengers or goods, and are allowed to leave the vehicle to pick-up, deliver parcels, messages as well. Vehicles left unattended for longer than ten minutes are considered to be parked illegally. The solicitation of fares is not allowed in these areas.

Taxicab stands

Taxicabs are allowed to load or unload, wait and solicit a fare in these designated areas, however time restriction regulations need to be respected such as the Public Taxicab Stand located at the Ramada Inn.