Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicle Licences

A hackney carriage (also called a taxi) is a type of vehicle licensed by the local authority to carry up to eight passengers.

A private hire vehicle (sometimes called a minicab) is another type of vehicle also licensed to carry up to eight passengers.

A taxi can ply for hire from a rank or be hailed in the street, but a private hire vehicle must be pre-booked through a private hire operator.

This council issues joint hackney carriage and private hire driver's licences.

If you are thinking of getting a vehicle licensed, it must fit one of these specifications:

Hackney carriages licensed by the council must be wheelchair accessible and here is the list of designated wheelchair accessible vehicles:

You must also be aware of the law regarding the carriage of assistance dogs and the document can be found here:

In order to get a vehicle licensed, whether it be Private Hire or Hackney carriage, a driver must complete the following application form:

 The driver must have the vehicle MOT tested at one of the council's approved garages:

When attending the council, the driver must have completed the Vehicle application form, produce the full vehicle registration document (V5) in his/her name, the MOT certificate and a valid certificate of insurance. The insurance must cover public hire use for Hackney carriage and private hire use if it's for a private hire vehicle or 'for hire and reward' which will cover both.

The council does not issue a licence for the first time to any vehicle over six years of age.

Contact details

Licensing Team
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01327 322278

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