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Coronavirus: Licensing - Taxis

You should wear a face covering when using taxis or private hire vehicles. A taxi driver or private hire vehicle operator may be entitled to refuse to accept you if you do not wear a face covering.

The risk of transmission is small at 2 metres and where possible, you should maintain 2 metres distance.

If you cannot keep a 2 metre distance, reduce the risk to yourself and others by maintaining a 1 metre distance where possible, and taking suitable precautions.

Follow the advice of the driver. For example, you may be asked to sit in the back left-hand seat if travelling alone. You may want to check with your taxi or private hire operator before travelling if they have put any additional measures in place.

You should use contactless payment if possible, or find out if you can pay online in advance.

Be aware of the surfaces you touch. Be careful not to touch your face. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or the inside of your elbow when coughing or sneezing.

When finishing your journey wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or sanitise your hands as soon as possible.

Only travel into, out of and within areas under local lockdown if your travel is essential.

Taxi licences

Private hire, Hackney carriage or Combined drivers

All people wishing to drive a private Hire/Hackney Carriage vehicle must hold a private hire/hackney carriage or combined drivers licence before doing so. To be able to apply for a licence you must have been driving for a minimum of 12 months.

Private Hire/Hackney carriage vehicles

All vehicles used for Private Hire/Hackney carriage work must be licensed - Private Hire Vehicles can take bookings at the base only – these vehicles cannot pick up off the ranks or off the street. All Private Hire Vehicles have 2 licence plates issued by the Council, one on the front bumper and one on the rear bumper. Hackney Carriages have to be wheelchair accessible they can wait on ranks, pick up fares off the street, or they can work dual-purposely and take bookings through a base. These vehicle display one plate on the rear bumper.

Private Hire Operators

All persons who make provisions for the invitation or acceptance of bookings for a Private Hire Vehicle will require a Private Hire Operators Licence.