About Us

Celebrating Over 100 Years

Black & White Cabs has been serving our community for 100 years. Being a century old means that we’ve stood the test of time… how have we done that you ask? We’ve adapted to changes in the industry, listened to our customers and are continually researching and implementing new technology. Like a fine wine we’re getting better with age, our processes have become more streamlined and booking a taxi has never been easier.

One thing that hasn’t changed is how much we value our customers. Our goal is to continue to be the Industry Leader, and to develop new and exciting ways to make your experience with Black & White Cabs the best and safest it can possibly be.

Thank you for making Black & White Cabs a part of all of your adventures in life, you can count on us to get you wherever it is you’re going and to be right here waiting to bring you home safe. “It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey”, and we hope you’ll join us for the ride.

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Our History

Black & White Cabs has a long and proud history of providing transportation services in Australia beginning in the heart of three taxi companies.

Brisbane’s first taxi company lives on today within the Black & White Cabs family. The Ascot Taxi Service was started in 1919 by Edmund William, Henry Beckman and Edward Roland Videan, from the Ascot Garage on Racecourse Road, with only one vehicle. By 1924 the fleet had grown to four vehicles; three Willys Knight tourers and an Overland, the first sedan taxi in Brisbane. At the cutting edge of innovation, Ascot Taxi Service was the leading company to introduce two-way radios in taxis.

Queensland can proudly and legitimately claim to being home to the greenest taxi fleets in the world. Hybrid vehicles now make up over 80% of Black & White Cabs taxis, which is contributing to a decline in the amount of pollutants being emitted into the environment and greatly reducing our carbon footprint. The hybrid fleet, including Prius, Camry and eco-diesel maxi cabs, is producing 80,000 tons less carbon making our taxis run cleaner and have better fuel economy.

We’re Constantly Advancing

Motivated to provide a full range of passenger vehicles to service the needs of all of the travelling public, Black & White Cabs introduced our first Wheelchair Accessible Cabs into the fleet in 1998.

Later, identifying a need for luxury travel with exceptional customer service, in 2002 Black & White Cabs introduced the Business Class service to the fleet in Brisbane, to service the growing demand of business and affluent travellers.

At Black & White Cabs we have always been at the forefront of technology; during 1997/1998 all the vehicles in the fleet were equipped with EFTPOS facilities for the convenience of passengers.

A program to replace the company’s dispatch system with a Raywood Dispatcher III Automatic GPS was completed in June 2000. At the time, the Raywood Dispatch System was the most technologically advanced of its kind. The system incorporated world’s best practice taxi dispatch techniques such as satellite tracking and computer/ telephone integration.

To coincide with the installation of the new dispatch system, Black & White Cabs moved its corporate headquarters and communications centre from Fortitude Valley to a modern, purpose built facility at the Brisbane Airport where the company currently resides. In 2001, Black & White Cabs introduced Interactive Voice Response (IVR) technology to the company’s booking system, automating interactions with customers for more efficient booking options.