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See what licence you need

On 28th February 2022 a meeting of Full Council approved the following amendment to the emissions section of the Private Hire and Hackney Carriage Policy. 

This Council extend the introduction of the emission date from 1st April 2022 to 1st October 2022 and amends the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Policy 2019-22 accordingly.

Any vehicles that are coming to end of life (7 years for private hire vehicle and 10 years for hackney carriage vehicle) will come off the road, in line with the end of life age limit, before the 1st October 2022.

The cost of renewal will be £69, details will be sent out to those drivers affected in due course.

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.