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H/C replacement vehicle

Coronavirus: Licensing - Taxis

Guidance for staff in the transport sector

The Department for Transport and Public Health England has issued guidance to transport sector workers.


Social distancing in the workplace during coronavirus (COVID-19): sector guidance

We are aware that the taxis and PHV trade are undertaking delivery work – please see the section on ‘Deliveries’ as well as ‘Transport businesses’. Measures contained in the section on ‘Use of private vehicles and car-pooling’ would apply to the taxi and private hire vehicle sector e.g. maintain good ventilation.


Insurance for undertaking deliveries

Association of British Insurers (ABI) motor insurance members have committed to support taxi and private hire drivers seeking alternative sources of income: licenced taxi or private hire drivers that had hire or reward insurance in place, as of 8 March, will not need to contact their insurer to extend their your existing cover while driving this vehicle to carry parcels, medical supplies, household goods, groceries or takeaway meals during the Covid-19 restrictions.

The ABI’s commitment will be in place until the end of the Covid-19 restrictions, or until 31 July 2020, whichever is sooner


Face masks

The UK does not currently advise use of face masks outside of care settings, in line with PPE guidance.


Assisting the trade

The Self-employment Income Support Scheme will allow you to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for the next 3 months. This may be extended if needed. More information on the scheme is available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme 

The above is perhaps particularly relevant to the taxi and PHV trade but it is part of the measures announced, e.g. changes to Universal Credit - more info is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/support-for-those-affected-by-covid-19/support-for-those-affected-by-covid-19

Licensing Committee Hearings

Local authorities in England have been handed new powers to hold public meetings virtually by using video or telephone conferencing until 7th May 2021. The Council is finalising the arrangements but once confirmed we will notify all drivers who are due to be attending hearings. Full guidance and training will be given before any hearings take place.



A hire management company can only licence a vehicle if the accident vehicle is not roadworthy and has been suspended by the licensing team or the vehicle is off the road due to the accident repair work being carried out (proof from the garage will be required).

The replacement vehicle must be an approved make and model under the current East Staffordshire Borough Council Policy. A replacement vehicle will only be issued on a like for like basis, i.e. the number of seats.  The vehicle must be less than 10 years old and meet current ESBC conditions.

If you have any enquiries before purchasing a vehicle and submitting your application relating to vehicle specification, colour, age or seating arrangements, please contact email taxi.licensing@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk



Application form

Application form for replacement vehicle

Vehicle Inspection

An appointment will be required to inspect the vehicle. Please phone 01283 508506

Attachments required

  • The log book V5C (vehicle registration document). This must be the original document and in your name and current address
  • Original valid insurance certificate.
  • Certificate of Compliance
  • Driving Licence

Processing & timescales

2 working days from receipt


8 weeks


Please contact taxi licensing in the first instance.