What are the rules for Vehicle for Hire?

This ordinance prohibits all vehicles for hire from picking up passengers on King Street from Spring Street to Calhoun Street and in the Market area on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12:30 a.m. to 3 a.m. The prohibited zones are also in effect during the same hours on the following days: 

  • July 4th
  • Labor Day
  • March 18th
  • Memorial Day
  • New Year's Day
  • November 1st

This essentially means Thursday night through Saturday night for clarification. Taxis are asked to stage at six strategically located stands that provide taxi only parking. All of the taxi only spaces are located on the corners of King Street and the respective side streets to keep the stands visible and as close as possible to King Street itself. View the map of King Street stands and prohibited zone (PDF). These include the existing valet stand locations along with a newly created location at the corner of Reid Street and King Street.

Market Area

The Market area also contains a prohibited vehicle for hire pick-up zone under the ordinance which is applicable to the mentioned nights and times. View the map of Market Street stands and prohibited zone (PDF).

Rules for Taxi, Limo and Transportation Network Companies

Please review Chapter 31, as well as the amendment to31-212, of the Charleston City Code (PDF).

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