Hackney Carriages and Private Hire
Hackney Carriages are vehicles which ply for hire from ranks or may be hailed in the street and, together with their drivers, must be licensed by the Council. The number of Hackney Carriages licensed by the Council is currently restricted to 46 with 4 licences currently available to persons wishing to license a purpose built, side loading wheelchair accessible vehicle less than one year old.Vehicle licences are annual unless the vehicle is more than six years old in which case a six month licence will be issued.
In Summary you will need to have:
1- A vehicle which is less than 6 years old.
2- A vehicle with four doors and be in a sound, clean condition (please note that your vehicle will be subject to passing an inspection).
3- you will be required to carry a first aid kit and fire extinguisher.
Below is a summary of the costs involved and is correct at time of writing (NOV2019)
1- Application fee - £94 payable when submitting your application form.
2- Car inspection Fee - £56 (you can also opt to have an MoT test at the same time for an additional fee of £25).
3- Taxi Insurance – We are able to offer you advice and competitive rates for Taxi Insurance.
Driver licences normally last for three years although annual licences are available.Driver licences are subject to Disclosure and Barring Service and DVLA checks to assist the Council in assessing whether or not an applicant is a fit and proper person to hold a licence.
1- To make an application for a driver’s licence you must be aged 18 or over and have held a full DVLA driving licence or equivalent from a European Community country for at least 12 months.
2- You will be required to obtain a medical report from your medical practitioner or a practitioner that has access to your medical notes. The report must show that you meet the DVLA Group 2 medical standard.
3- You will be required to complete an application to the Disclosure and Barring Service to enable the council to obtain an enhanced criminal records disclosure.
4- Every new applicant will be required to sit a written knowledge test based on your knowledge of the topography of the Borough and the responsibilities of a licensed driver.
5- You will be required to provide a recent passport size photo of yourself .
6- A fee is payable when your application is submitted.
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7- Medical examination fee – Approx £100