Cowes Taxis – TJ Taxi Services Are A Family Run Business, Established In 2007, As a Cowes Taxi company, We Have Grown Into An Envious, Reputable Taxi Service, Our Services Are Used By Many Private And Corporate Companies Here On The Isle Of Wight. These Companies Have Put Our Trust In There Hands. TJ Taxis Are A Company You Can Trust.. TJ Taxi Services Covering Cowes and The Isle Of Wight,  Providing 1-8 seater Taxis From Cowes Red JetRed Funnel And All Major Ports On The Isle Of Wight Including Wightlink In Yarmouth, Ryde and Fishbourne. Cowes Taxis – TJ Taxi services Drivers Are DBS Checked. Cowes Taxis – TJ Taxis services also offer A 16 Seater Minibus Is Also Available (Advanced Bookings Only). So for Cowes Taxis  you can trust, call 01983 520274
taxicab, also known as a taxi or a cab, is a type of vehicle for hire with a driver, used by a single passenger or small group of passengers, often for a non-shared ride. A taxicab conveys passengers between locations of their choice. 
This differs from public transport where the pick-up and drop-off locations are decided by the service provider, not by the customers, although demand responsive transport and share taxis provide a hybrid bus/taxi mode. 
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1-8 Seater Taxis

Travel comfortably and safely to anywhere on the Isle Of Wight

Festival Bookings

We operate at all the Isle Of Wights Festivals

All Ports

We connect with all the Islands ports, red jet hovercraft and airport

Weddings

Ensure Your guests arrive in style for the big day

Corporate Events

We can cater for your corporate event please contact for further details

Minibus

16 seat minibus pre booking only please call

Every time I arrange a taxi with TJs they are punctual friendly and always up for a laugh. Would recommend to anyone travelling in the Cowes Newport area.
5 stars always.
Luke Brinton
Drove husband and I home from Red Jet - husband had fragile right arm after surgery in Salisbury. Driver helped husband into car (comfortable and air conditioned) and drove incredibly carefully and smoothly around bends etc. Also once we were in he closed glass partition between him and us and let us know that we were sufficiently separate from him to be able to remove masks if we wished to (hot muggy day). Highly recommend
Beanz Gosling

Very happy with the service we received and particularly impressed with Terry at the office’s fast response with a lost phone of mine in one of the cabs. His prompt attention in returning the phone to me in London was terrific, and I’m most grateful. Will definitely use again when back on the island.

Aaron Blake

Best taxi company ever on the Isle of Wight

maikel rodriguez

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Michael Jeacocks
Michael Jeacocks
22:13 07 Dec 20
Great service always use them friendly guys thanks to the driver who gave me a jump start on the 7/12/2020 highly... recommendedread more
Beanz Gosling
Beanz Gosling
22:09 19 Aug 20
Drove husband and I home from Red Jet - husband had fragile right arm after surgery in Salisbury. Driver helped... husband into car (comfortable and air conditioned) and drove incredibly carefully and smoothly around bends etc. Also once we were in he closed glass partition between him and us and let us know that we were sufficiently separate from him to be able to remove masks if we wished to (hot muggy day). Highly recommendread more
Luke Brinton
Luke Brinton
19:11 13 Aug 20
Everytime I arrange a taxi with tjs they are punctuale friendly and always up for a laugh. Would recommend to anyone... travelling in the cowes Newport area. 5 stars always.read more
Arron Blake
Arron Blake
12:51 03 Aug 20
Very happy with the service we received and particularly impressed with Terry at the office’s fast response with a lost... phone of mine in one of the cabs. His prompt attention in returning the phone to me in London was terrific, and I’m most grateful. Will definitely use again when back on the island.read more
Cassie Bruce
Cassie Bruce
17:41 14 Jul 20
This company I have used for over a decade. When I'm ill he would pick my essentials up and drop it off, when I... forget a birthday he will run to the florists and pick up a bunch for the lucky birthday boy/girl. He has always picked me up when I'm in need which can be very difficult to find at times with taxi firms on the Isle of Wight. By far the most professional,kind and authentic cab driver. Fair prices on time what more could you want!!!!!!read more
Simon Groves
Simon Groves
14:12 15 Dec 19
Really nice professional and looked after us all weekend
Marc Taylor
Marc Taylor
13:55 15 Apr 19
Excellent service, if they say they will be there at a certain time, then you can expect them within 1minute of that... time! (traffic pending!) Drivers chatty and friendly, and know where they are going, the best routes to take. I always suggest this firm to anyone that asksread more
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A taxicab, also known as a taxi or a cab, is a type of vehicle for hire with a driver, used by a single passenger or small group of passengers, often for a non-shared ride. A taxicab conveys passengers between locations of their choice.
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There are four distinct forms of taxicab, which can be identified by slightly differing terms in different countries:

  • Hackney carriages, also known as public hire, hailed or street taxis, licensed for hailing throughout communities
  • Private hire vehicles, also known as minicabs or private hire taxis, licensed for pre-booking only
  • Taxibuses, also come in many variations throughout the developing countries as jitneys or jeepney, operating on pre-set routes typified by multiple stops and multiple independent passengers
  • Limousines, specialized vehicle licensed for operation by pre-booking
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Horse-drawn for-hire hackney carriage services began operating in both Paris and London in the early 17th century. The first documented public hackney coach service for hire was in London in 1605.[10] In 1625 carriages were made available for hire from innkeepers in London and the first taxi rank appeared on the Strand outside the Maypole Inn in 1636.[11] In 1635 the Hackney Carriage Act was passed by Parliament to legalise horse-drawn carriages for hire. Coaches were hired out by innkeepers to merchants and visitors.

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The hansom cab was designed and patented in 1834 by Joseph Hansom, an architect from York as a substantial improvement on the old hackney carriages. These two-wheel vehicles were fast, light enough to be pulled by a single horse (making the journey cheaper than travelling in a larger four-wheel coach) were agile enough to steer around horse-drawn vehicles in the notorious traffic jams of nineteenth-century London and had a low centre of gravity for safe cornering. Hansom’s original design was modified by John Chapman and several others to improve its practicability, but retained Hansom’s name.[14]

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These soon replaced the hackney carriage as a vehicle for hire. They quickly spread to other cities in the United Kingdom, as well as continental European cities, particularly ParisBerlin, and St Petersburg. The cab was introduced to other British Empire cities and to the United States during the late 19th century, being most commonly used in New York City.

The first cab service in Toronto, “The City”, was established in 1837 by Thornton Blackburn, an ex-slave whose escape when captured in Detroit was the impetus for the Blackburn Riot.

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The modern taximeter was invented and perfected by a trio of German inventors; Wilhelm Friedrich Nedler, Ferdinand Dencker and Friedrich Wilhelm Gustav Bruhn.[19] The Daimler Victoria—the world’s first gasoline-powered taximeter-cab—was built by Gottlieb Daimler in 1897 and began operating in Stuttgart in 1897.[20] Gasoline-powered taxicabs began operating in Paris in 1899, in London in 1903, and in New York in 1907. The New York taxicabs were initially imported from France by Harry N. Allen owner of the Allen-Kingston Motor Car Company.[21]

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Their manufacturing took place at Bristol Engineering in Bristol, Connecticut where the first domestically produced Taxicabs were built in 1908, designed by Fred E. Moskovics who had worked at Daimler in the late 1890s. Albert F. Rockwell was the owner of Bristol and his wife suggested he paint his taxicabs yellow to maximise his vehicles’ visibility.[22] Moskovics was one of the organizers of the first Yellow Taxicab Company in New York.[23]

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Taxicabs proliferated around the world in the early 20th century. The first major innovation after the invention of the taximeter occurred in the late 1940s, when two-way radios first appeared in taxicabs. Radios enabled taxicabs and dispatch offices to communicate and serve customers more efficiently than previous methods, such as using callboxes. The next major innovation occurred in the 1980s when computer assisted dispatching was first introduced.[citation needed]

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Paris taxis played a memorable part in the French victory at First Battle of the Marne in the First World War. On 7 September 1914, the Military Governor of Paris, Joseph Gallieni, gathered about six hundred taxicabs at Les Invalides in central Paris to carry soldiers to the front at Nanteuil-le Haudoin, fifty kilometers away. Within twenty-four hours about six thousand soldiers and officers were moved to the front. Each taxi carried five soldiers, four in the back and one next to the driver. Only the back lights of the taxis were lit; the drivers were instructed to follow the lights of the taxi ahead.

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 The Germans were surprised and were pushed back by the French and British armies. Most of the taxis were demobilized on 8 September but some remained longer to carry the wounded and refugees. The taxis, following city regulations, dutifully ran their meters. The French treasury reimbursed the total fare of 70,012 francs. The military impact of the soldiers moved by taxi was small in the huge scale of the Battle of the Marne, but the effect on French morale was enormous; it became the symbol of the solidarity between the French army and citizens. It was also the first recorded large-scale use of motorized infantry in battle.[24][25]

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The Birmingham pub bombings on 21 November 1974, which killed 21 people and injured 182, presented emergency services with unprecedented peacetime demands. According to eyewitness accounts, the fire officer in charge, knowing the 40 ambulances he requested were unlikely to be available, requested the Taxi Owners Association to transport the injured to the nearby Birmingham Accident Hospital and Birmingham General Hospital.[26

 
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Taxi services are typically provided by automobilesbut in some countries various human-powered vehicles, (such as the rickshaw or pedicab) and animal-powered vehicles (such as the Hansom cab) or even boats (such as water taxies or gondolas) are also used or have been used historically. In Western Europe, Bissau, and to an extent, Australia, it is not uncommon for expensive cars such as Mercedes-Benz to be the taxicab of choice. Often this decision is based upon the perceived reliability of, and warranty offered with these vehicles. 

 

Wheelchair accessible maxicab, unloading a wheelchair-bound passenger in Australia

In recent years, some companies have been adding specially modified vehicles capable of transporting wheelchair-using passengers to their fleets. Such taxicabs are variously called accessible taxis, wheelchair- or wheelchair-accessible taxicabs, modified taxicabs, or “maxicabs”.

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Wheelchair taxicabs are most often specially modified vans or minivans. Wheelchair-using passengers are loaded, with the help of the driver, via a lift or, more commonly, a ramp, at the rear of the vehicle. This feature is however a subject for concern amongst Licensing Authorities who feel that the wheelchair passenger could not easily exit the vehicle in the event of accident damage to the rear door. 

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Wheelchair taxicabs are part of the regular fleet in most cases, and so are not reserved exclusively for the use of wheelchair users. They are often used by able-bodied people who need to transport luggage, small items of furniture, animals, and other items. Because of this, and since only a small percentage of the average fleet is modified, wheelchair users must often wait for significantly longer periods when calling for a cab, and flagging a modified taxicab on the street is much more difficult