Taxi cabs are vehicles that can be hired for transport between locations. Taxis could be considered another form of public transport, however the fees for use are typically higher. One person usually hires cabs, although a group of people may share a taxi, or request a maxi-taxi, usually a larger vehicle used by people in wheelchairs, for their transport needs. A taxi cab may be privately owned or part of a large fleet of taxis.
In Australia the colour of taxis varies from state to state – white, silver and yellow are common colours. Yellow cabs get their name from the colour of the car. A taxi is often used for airport transfers, as they can be much quicker than other forms of public transport. Booking a taxi is typically done by telephone or from the side of the road, however companies are now allowing taxis to be booked through an online interface requiring no verbal confirmation.
Cash is still the predominant form of payment however credit cards and EFTPOS are also common methods of payment. A Cabcharge is another form of payment; similar to a cheque, which provides the user with a form of pre-paid fare. A taxi may also be booked as a premium service, such as luxury taxis and limousines, for those wishing to travel with an extra level of comfort.