The municipality of Rome only allows individuals with a license to execise the public taxi service.
Making use of taxi cabs in big cities is a way to decrease the number of vehicles circulating, from this standpoint, the taxi service is an aspect of sustainable mobility; in Rome is exercised by individuals or cooperative association of taxi drivers who possess a license coming from the municipality of Rome.
Making use of taxi cabs in Rome is not always easy for tourists: the limited number of licenses and the work schedules make it difficult to find taxi cabs at night, in the rush hours, during the festive periods and outside the stations. Watch out for unauthorized taxi drivers: authorized taxi cabs are white, have the word “Taxi” written on the roof, the SPQR emblem on the car doors and a taximeter. The price of the taxi ride are never negotiated between the customer and the taxi driver: hourly rates are inside the cab and the taximeter shows the price in real time during the route. Taxi rides from and to the airports have a fixed-fee which are written on the price list inside the car. Taxi cabs can be caught in taxi stations or by calling 060609, a service which finds the closest cab to the customer.