Charity & Affiliates


The Company has a Charitable Trust that is managed by the Trustees. Their remit is to manage the benevolent fund and to consider written requests for charitable donations to specific causes as stated in the Charity’s Deed of Trust. They also oversee the special events account under which the Company’s annual Magical Taxi Tour operates.

The Charities objectives are:

  • - To administer benevolence when appropriate to members of The Worshipful Company of Hackney Drivers, retired members and widows or widowers of members.
  • - To organise a trip for the benefit of children with life threatening diseases to Disneyland Paris in a convoy of taxis. The trip to be self funding by donations and sponsorship as far as is practical.
  • - To support other Hackney Carriage Trade Charities to our best endeavours.
  • - To support the Lord Mayor's annual charity.

We raise monies by voluntary donations and sponsorship.

The main charitable event is The Children’s Magical Taxi Tour which thanks to the untiring efforts of the Disney Committee remains the highlight of the charity.


The WCHCD recently made a donation to The Cabmen’s Shelter Fund. This organisation is responsible for the remaining “green huts” which are part of the cab trade’s heritage and the Fund aims to raise the profile of the 13 remaining shelters. 

In August 2017, one of the few remaining shelters in Belgravia became the latest building to receive protected Grade II 'listed' status, following a nomination from Historic England.

The tiny cab shelter, one of only a few remaining in the Capital and is still used to this day by working cabbies needing rest and refreshment.

The shelter was granted listed status alongside a World War I wireless station and an underground 'hobbit house' - Britain's first modern earth sheltered home to mark the 70th Anniversary of the introduction of listed building status being introduced.

Find out more here.


The Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers prides itself on a number of long standing affiliations and relationships that form a crucial part of our ordinances.

Firstly, there is our Military Affiliation with 20 Transport Squadron Royal Logistics Corps .

The Squadron was originally formed in Woolwich on 7th April 1885 as 20 Company of the Commissariat and Transport Corps. The Company, then part of the Army Service Corps, first saw action in South Africa in 1899-1902, and then again in Somaliland in 1909, where it was the first Company ever to use mechanical transport on active service. The Company was mobilised in 1914 and detailed for duty with the Expeditionary Force in France, where it was to support many major actions throughout The Great War. The Company was disbanded 1919 but reformed in London again in 1922. During the Second World War the Company was to grow inordinately to 490 RASC and 150 ATS personnel. The unit provided the transport for the Prime Minister, the whole of the War Cabinet as well as the normal War Office details. Transport was also supplied by the Company for the Yalta Conference and the Paris Conference. The unit was bombed out of its location at Eaton Square in 1941 and moved several times to different sites around London until finally settling in Regents Park Barracks in 1946. The Company changed its title to 20 Squadron RCT in 1965 and subsequently to 20 Transport Squadron RLC in 1993. The Squadron continues to provide transport support to the Ministry of Defence and London District as whole.

We also have an Educational Affiliation , which is with The Royal Docks Academy  in Newham. This remarkable school is part of the Burnt Mills Academy Trust (BMAT) and plays host to some extraoridnarily diverse talent and prides itself on the additional lengths it goes to to affording its students early insights into various professions and career options, and The Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers is actively involved in helping the school and its students develop and improve.

Past Master of The Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers, Andrew Overton resides on the Royal Docks Academy Board of Governors and has helped drive the careers and professional advice that the school receives. A number of visits have been arranged with other City Livery Companies and the professions and trades they represent. To date this has included the Musician's Company, the Barber Surgeons and the Baker's Company. The WCHCD is also a part of the 'Livery Link' initiative which seeks to strengthen the many City Livery/Education affiliations and improve the opportunities for sharing experience and resources.

To find out more about the Royal Docks Academy please visit their website:

Contact Details

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