Taxicard — cheaper taxi fares in London

Two London taxis

London taxis, photo by John O’Sullivan.

Taxicard is a scheme in London that gives cheaper travel for disabled people who cannot easily use public transport. People with MS who have serious problems with walking could get a Taxicard.

Taxicard holders can take door to door journeys in licensed London taxis and private hire vehicles. Taxicards can be used any time — 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

How much discount does a Taxicard give?

Each London borough can choose how much discount a Taxicard gives.

A Taxicard from Harrow Council gives up to £8.30 off the cost of the taxi. The minimum fare is £2.50.

Other London boroughs give different amounts off taxi journeys.

Is there a limit to how many trips you can take?

It is also up to each London borough what limits the Taxicard has.

From 1 April 2014 there is a maximum of 40 trips per year for Taxicards from Harrow Council.

How do you get a Taxicard?

Taxicards are for people who have serious difficulties with walking (including breathing problems and sight loss). If you already have a Freedom Pass, you cannot get a Taxicard.

People with MS who live in Harrow might be able to get a Taxicard if both of these are true:

  • you have serious problems with walking
  • you have difficulty using public transport

Or, if any of these are true, you can automatically get a Taxicard:

  • you already get the higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance
  • you are registered blind
  • you already get the War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement

To find out if you can get one, apply for a Taxicard: