Taxicab in Perth
Cycle rickshaw in New York City
Eco Chariots cycle rickshaw fleet in London
Yellow Uber car in Moscow
An Uber driver in Bogotá, Colombia with the Uber mobile app on a dashboard-mounted smartphone

A vehicle for hire is a vehicle providing private transport or shared transport for a fee, in which passengers are generally free to choose their points or approximate points of origin and destination, unlike public transport, and which they do not drive themselves, as in car rental and carsharing. They may be offered via a ridesharing company.


Vehicles for hire include taxicabs[1] pulled rickshaws, cycle rickshaws, auto rickshaws,[2] motorcycle taxis, Zémidjans, okadas, boda bodas, sedan services, limousines, party buses,[3] carriages (including hackney carriages,[4] fiacres, and caleches), pet taxis, water taxis, and air charters. Share taxis, paratransit, dollar vans, marshrutkas, dolmuş, nanny vans, demand responsive transport, public light buses, and airport buses[5] operate along fixed routes, but offer some flexibility in the point of origin and/or destination.

Notable companies

Some of the largest vehicle for hire companies include Uber, Ola Cabs, Bolt, DiDi, and Grab.[6]


  1. ^ "Taxicabs, Vehicle-For-Hire & Pipelines". Los Angeles Department of Transportation.
  2. ^ Banerjee, Asik (July 18, 2020). "RTO uniform rule gives blues to auto drivers". The Times of India.
  3. ^ Hogan, Michelle (April 24, 2019). "How to Start a Party Bus Service". Houston Chronicle.
  4. ^ Timan, Joseph (July 27, 2020). "Hackney carriage fares in Bury could soon rise for first time in 12 years". Manchester Evening News.
  5. ^ "Airport Shuttles". University of Southern California.
  6. ^ Russell, Jon (July 23, 2017). "Grab gets $2B from Didi and SoftBank to fuel bid to defeat Uber in Southeast Asia". TechCrunch.