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Central Cabs History

Central Cabs was first established in 1981 when Ford Cortinas and Morris Itals were the common choice of taxi drivers, and radios were the size of small cabinets that had to be fitted into the boot of the vehicle, these were commonly known as boot-loaders.

Russian built Ladas also became a popular choice of taxi, which although reliable and sturdy, comfort was not exactly at a premium compared with the cars of today.
In the late '80s and early '90s cars became more comfortable with the introduction of Ford Escorts, Orions and Peugeot 405s. Radios also became smaller and moe reliable with less interference and crackle.

In the meantime Central Cabs was growing from strength to strength, and being a family run firm, had a reputation for friendly, honest and reliable drivers who worked for the company rather than just for themselves.

In 1996 the company was bought by John Woods, who although committed to keeping the reputation of being a family run business, wanted to make changes which would further enhance the service Central Cabs offered to their customers, and improve working conditions for the drivers.

One of the first changes he introduced was to have a standard for the company vehicles. The standard are white Vauxhall Astra diesel estates that are no more than 5 years old, thus ensuring customer and driver safety.

UPDATE The latest generation Astras are now being introduced, they are much kinder on the enviroment with low CO2 emissions and excellent fuel economy.

We have got one of the most modern fleets in Sefton, With the latest Vauxhall Astras, Skoda Octavias and Superbs, Ford Focus and Mondeos and other very fuel efficent cars.

We run a fleet of Hackney and Private hire vehicles so you can go to the rank or ring up for a cab, you can easilly get picked up by one of our cars.

Computerised Despatch

In the year 2000 Central Cabs decided to go fully computerised and take advantage of the latest satellite tracking technology which allows us to pinpoint any cars position within a few feet.

The Autocab software is the best taxi despatch system on the market and Central Cabs are very happy with it.

Together with caller I.D. and the ringback facility, this really puts the customer in safe hands.

All our drivers are fully vetted by Sefton Council Licencing Department and have to fulfil their criteria before being issued with a badge.
This includes:

  • Passing a knowledge test
  • Passing a full medical examination
  • Having a CRB check

Once working for our company ALL our drivers are expected to be helpful, friendly and reliable.

Most cars now have air conditioning, power steering, ABS brakes, airbags etc and together with our sophisticated computerised despatch system, Central Cabs has moved into the 21st century, and to this day is still a family run company which endeavours to put its customers first.


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Central Cabs, 161 Eastbank Street, Southport PR8 6TH
Bookings: 0800 544414 | Managers Office: 01704 544555

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