1. General

a) This completed form, sent to Dean Taxis Ltd. (hereafter referred to as Dean Taxis) is an offer by the company or business named on the attached Credit Account Application (hereafter referred to as the ‘Client’) to contract with Dean Taxis for the provision of its services on an account basis. A contract will be concluded only upon the issue by Dean Taxis to the Client of written confirmation that the application has been accepted.

b) The term “Dean Taxis” shall include its drivers, employees, contractors and agents.

c) Dean Taxis reserves the right in its absolute discretion, and without giving reasons, to reject this application and to decline to enter into a contract.

d) A contract shall only be concluded on the terms and conditions laid out herein. The contract shall be personal to both parties and absolutely non assignable.

e) The Client shall notify Dean Taxis of any change in the particulars shown on the Credit Application Form. Alterations take effect on the date shown in a confirmation notice issued by Dean Taxis to the Client.

2. Bookings

a) Dean Taxis will accept no bookings unless the Client account number is quoted. Dean Taxis is entitled to assume that any person who correctly quotes the correct account number and Client name has authority to make booking(s) on behalf of the Client. The Client is solely responsible for safeguarding the confidentiality of such numbers and shall be liable for the costs of all bookings made by any such person whether or not authorized by it.

b) Dean Taxis may in its absolute discretion without liability and without giving reason refuse to accept any booking.

c) All accepted bookings are confirmed at the time of booking. The Client is liable for all charges incurred for the time when a taxicab is assigned to the booking until the completion of the assignment or sooner cancellation. In the event of cancellation by the Client or passenger(s), the Client is also liable for such charges as may necessarily be incurred by Dean Taxis consequently upon or in order to implement the cancellation. The liability of Dean Taxis in the event of cancellation by it is set out at 4(d).

3. Charges

Charges will be made on the basis set out below. The rate of each charge shall be fixed and revised by Dean Taxis from time to time entirely at its discretion. Charges prevailing at any particular time are set out in the tariff card available upon application. Upon any changes in the charges the Client will be advised of the revised tariff indicating the date on which the new tariff takes effect. Items and basis of charges are:

a) A minimum fixed charge for hiring.

b) A meter charge based on the tariff laid down by Gateshead Council as shown on the taximeter fitted in the taxicab. Meter charges commence at the pick up time requested by the Client or, should no pick up time be specified, upon the arrival of the taxicab, and cease on conclusion of the assignment. Dean Taxis reserve the right to charge Clients where a taxi is supplied but is unable to collect the passenger(s) for whatever reason.

c) Where waiting time in excess of 10 minutes is incurred at the pick up location an additional charge for waiting time shall be levied, calculated in accordance with the tariff as laid down by Gateshead Council.

d) V.A.T is charged on the invoice amount and can therefore be claimed back where appropriate.

e) Special charges may be incurred in particular cases. Such charges will be at the discretion of Dean Taxis but will not be made without prior reference to the Client.

4. Extent of Dean Taxis Liability

a) Any quoted pick up or journey times are best estimates only and whilst it uses all reasonable efforts to convey passenger(s) to their destinations in the shortest possible time Dean Taxis shall have no liability if a pick up or journey time exceeds any estimate given or otherwise exceeds the Clients or the passenger’s expectations for whatever reason nor shall Dean Taxis have any other liability to the Client or the passenger(s) in connection with the time at 2 which the passenger(s) reach or fail to reach the destination.

b) Dean Taxis shall have no liability for any damage, loss, costs claims or expenses (whether foreseeable or not).

c) It shall be for the Client and/or passenger(s) to ensure that any valuable, unusual or any other items are covered by appropriate insurance. Dean Taxis cannot entertain any claim for loss or damage to any such items.

d) If Dean Taxis cancels a booking it shall have no liability to the Client or intended passenger(s) if it has used its reasonable endeavors to fulfill the booking and to notify the Client of the cancellation. e) The Client shall notify Dean Taxis of any claim or complaint within one month of the date of the journey or, if later, the first date on which the Client became aware of (or if sooner should have been aware of) the matter.

5. Accounts and Payments

a) Invoices are issued to the Clients address shown on the Credit Application Form. A statement of account will be issued at the end of each month.

b) Settlement in full is due no later than 28 days after the invoice date.

c) Dean Taxis reserves the right to charge interest on unpaid accounts in accordance with the “Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998”

d) The Client shall pay Dean Taxis any reasonable expenses (including those charged by any debt collection agency) together with all legal and court costs incurred in the collection of any overdue account and the minimum charge in this respect shall be £10.00

e) Payment is by cheque payable to Dean Taxis Ltd. and remitted to Dean Taxis Accounts Department at 415, Durham Road, Low Fell, Gateshead, NE9 5AN or by such other methods (such as Direct Debit, BACS, etc) as may be agreed in writing by Dean Taxis.

f) Queries must be notified in writing to Dean Taxis within 14 days of receipt of the account after which date the Client shall not be entitled to dispute the amount save for manifest or gross error.

6. Termination of Account

a) The account is terminable by either party in writing giving seven days’ notice at any time without reason being given and may also with immediate effect be terminated by Dean Taxis without notice at any time if any amount due is not paid by the Client.

b) Upon termination of the account for whatever reason all sums payable to or chargeable by Dean Taxis or otherwise appearing on the Clients account shall become immediately due and payable in full if not already due and payable.

7. Alterations

Alterations to these Terms & Conditions Dean Taxis reserves the right to alter or vary these terms and conditions in any respect at its absolute discretion upon notifying the Client of the relevant alterations and of the date upon which such alterations take effect.

8. Applicable Law

The Law of England applies.

9. The Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 shall not apply to this contract