Live Service Status
We post our live service updates every morning, without fail. Please check them before contacting us, to avoid disappointment. We also post continually throughout the day on our FaceBook Page.
We can provide you with a vehicle that seats up to 8 passengers. The 8 seater van costs no more to hire than a 4 seater car, as the Isle of Wight council set our metered fares, and cars and vans have identical tariffs. We can also provide a discounted “private hire” rate to passengers who pre-book their trip with us. You can pay for your trip with cash, card or your mobile phone pay system.
Red Funnel Terminal
We’re situated just around the corner from the Red Funnel terminal in East Cowes and we can be with you within a couple of minutes if you require a taxi from there to anywhere on the island. During down times you’ll often find us on the taxi rank outside the Red Funnel terminal but it’s always best to call us ahead of time and we’ll be at the terminal to meet you as you exit the ferry.
Award winning, local taxi service, loved island-wide!
We understand we’re not just a “transport service” but rather a “people service” and we’ll treat you how we’d like to be treated. You’ll find our award winning drivers to be professional, punctual, kind, patient, helpful and friendly. We really do go the extra mile!
We transport you island-wide. From East Cowes to Ventnor, Ryde to Brighstone, we’ll take you comfortably in a clean people carrier with a cheerful and helpful driver.
We Specialise in SEN Transport
We specialise in the safe transport of SEN (Special Educational Needs) children and adults and anyone with impairments or disabilities. The Friendly Cabs CEO’s wife has taught PMLD and SLD SEN children for over 30 years, so SEN is very much a shared passion. She currently teaches SLD children here on the Isle of Wight. Please do read our “letter of recommendation” from the Headteacher of St. George’s SEN School in Newport, IOW.
Makaton Stage 1 Sign Language Certified Drivers
All our drivers are Makaton Level 1 sign language trained and certified. Friendly Cabs is the only UK taxi company with Makaton trained drivers and Duncan, the CEO and main driver, is Makaton Level 2 trained and certified.
Communications Access UK Accredited
All our drivers have completed the four module “Communications Access UK” course, which helps them better understand how to communicate with passengers with impairments. We are the only taxi company in the UK with full Communications Access UK Accreditation.
All our vehicles have full wheelchair access and are piloted by friendly and well trained drivers.
Charge Your Laptop, Phone Or Other Devices In Transit
Our vehicles are fitted with a pure sine wave, 500 watt inverter with both USB and 3 pin standard UK plug sockets, allowing passengers to charge phones, laptops and other devices whilst in transit.