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Glossary of Terms

Brixham is a small town in the county of Devon, in the south-west of England. Brixham is at the southern end of Torbay, across the bay from Torquay, and is a fishing port. Fishing and tourism are its major industries. Devon is a large county in the South West of England. The county is also referred to as Devonshire, but that is an entirely unofficial name, often indicating a traditional or historical context. The county shares borders with Cornwall to the west and Dorset and Somerset to the east. Its coastline follows the English Channel to the south and the Bristol Channel to the north. It is the only county in England with two separate coastlines.Brixham is the smallest of the three towns (Torquay, Paignton & Brixham.)

Cab also taxi or taxicab, is a type of public transport for a single passenger, or small group of passengers, typically for a non-shared ride. A taxicab is a vehicle for hire, with a driver, which conveys passengers between locations of their choice. In most other modes of public transport, the pick-up and drop-off locations are determined by the service provider, not by the passenger, although demand responsive transport and share taxis provide a hybrid bus/taxi mode.

Hackney Carriage
A hackney or hackney carriage (also called a cab or hack) is a carriage or automobile kept for hire. A livery carriage superior to the hackney was called a remise. In the United Kingdom, the name hackney carriage refers to a taxicab licensed by the Public Carriage Office in Greater London or by the local authority (non-metropolitan district councils or unitary authorities) in other parts of Great Britain, or by the Department of the Environment in Northern Ireland. Torbay is a unitary council covering an area including the towns of Torquay, Paignton & Brixham. Hackney Carriages in Torquay Paignton, & Brixham have a roof sign which says “Taxi” and a blue plate on the back, Private Hire Vehicles have no roof sign and door signs which denote the status of the car and the telephone number of the office. The plate on the back is red. In both cases, the plates will show the details of the vehicle, its seating capacity and the date of expiry of the Licence and the Driver will wear a badge, again blue and red for the different type of vehicle, showing a photograph and a Licence Number. Taxis & private hire The terms “Taxi” is used to donate any vehicle which is used to carry passengers for hire or reward from the pick up point to their required destination. Originally, it referred only to a Hackney Carriage which can pick up passengers in the street, either at a rank or by “flag down”. There is, however, another type of vehicle which can operate only by prior booking, either by telephone or by calling at a booking office. This is a Private Hire Vehicle which may not pick up in the street.
Horse-drawn Hackney Carriages
Torquay Has available the original horse-drawn taxi's There are five Hackney Carriage Licences that are issued for Horse-drawn Hackney Carriages, which at present only operate from Livermead, though Cockington Village and in to the ground of Cockington Court in Torquay.

Paignton is a coastal town in Devon in England.Paignton being the home of the Singer family, Oldway mansion on Torquay Road is open to the public and original Singer sewing machines are on display. Together with Torquay and Brixham it forms the unitary authority of Torbay which was created in 1998. The Torbay area(Paignton, Torquay & Brixham) is a holiday destination known as the English Riviera.

The rank is the only situation where a taxi may ply for hire in a stationary position. Ranks are situated in locations where the public most need taxis. The main ranks are found at Brixham town centre, Torquay & Paignton railway stations,Torquay harbour side & Torquay Town centre

Torbay is an east-facing bay, at the western most end of Lyme Bay in the south-west of England, situated roughly midway between the cities of Exeter and Plymouth. Historically part of the county of Devon, Torbay was made a unitary authority on April 1, 1998 and is made up of the three towns Paignton, Brixham & Torquay. Tourist authorities call it the English Riviera on account of its beaches and unusually mild climate.
Torquay is a town in Devon, England. It lies 26 kilometres (16 miles) south of Exeter along the A380 on the north of Torbay, and adjoins the neighbouring town of Paignton on the west of the bay & Brixham on the opersite side of the same bay. (hence Torbay) In the 19th century, it became a fashionable seaside resort. Renowned for its healthy climate, it earned the nickname of the English Riviera witch it holds to this day.
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We are Torbay’s (Torquay, Paignton and Brixham) largest hackney carriage company operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We offer over 50 radio controlled cars including wheelchair accessible vehicles, 7 seater and luxury 4 seater taxis.

Torbay Cabs are a true co-operative and are not allowed to make a profit. Amongst other things they have bought a minibus for Rowcroft Hospice, supported Macmillan nurses, and have provided Westland’s school with football kits and sports equipment.


Torbay Cab Company - The largest Hackney Carriage Company in the bay. Established since 1981

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Address: Torbay Cab Company, Peaceful Cottage, Carey Parade, Torquay, Devon, TQ2 5EX

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