Licence Directory - Taxis and Hire Cars Licensing

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Taxis and Hire Cars Licensing

Types of Licence:

  • Hackney Carriage Vehicle (Taxi) is a vehicle that can use the ranks, be flagged down or obtain bookings by telephone from a radio control
  • Private Hire Vehicle vehicles are not permitted to use the ranks and cannot pick up a member of the public by being flagged down. All fares have to be pre-booked normally by telephone
  • Private Hire Vehicle Drivers Licence Restricted is the same as a Private Hire Vehicle Drivers Licence and requires the same forms, but does not require a Topography Test. This licence is for individuals that wish to carry out airport runs, theatre nights and general out of town bookings at an agreed fare in advance of the journey and at the time of booking
  • Operator Licence for Fleet Vehicles. Companies that run a fleet of vehicles and wish to take private bookings (i.e. airport and theatre runs) you must have a Private Hire Vehicle Drivers Licence and your Vehicle must be licensed as a Private Hire Vehicle. All three licenses must be with the same licensing authority

Requirements for Hackney Carriage (Taxi) and Private Hire Car Drivers Licence applications:

  • You must be over 21 year of age and have held a UK or E.U. licence for three years
  • You will have to pay for a Group 2 Medical examination with your own GP
  • You will need to take a Topography Test (knowledge of roads, streets and routes) and a Driving Test
  • We require that a police check be carried out through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
  • We require three references

When all these forms are completed they are to be returned with the relevant fee. An appointment must be made with the Hackney Carriage office for an informal interview.

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