How to apply for a Hackney carriage or private hire drivers licence

Licence summary

Under Section 46 of the Town Police Clauses Act 1847 (legislation.gov.uk), no person shall, in a controlled district such as that of Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council, act as a driver of any Hackney carriage or Section 46 of the Local Government (Misc Provs) Act 1976 (legislation.gov.uk) act as a driver of a private hire vehicle without having a current licence.

Under the law, a council must satisfy itself that all applicants for Hackney carriage and private hire licences are 'fit and proper persons'.

We have considered how we may carry out our legal responsibility to ensure that all drivers and operators meet the required standard and are also free of relevant convictions. Please see the fees and how to apply procedure that has been adopted for all applicants for hackney carriage and private hire drivers licences.

Applicants must also demonstrate basic standards of spoken English and numeracy without the use of an interpreter.

Recent changes

The Immigration Act 2016 has conferred greater responsibility on the council when granting drivers and operators licences. We are under a duty to ensure that we licence only those applicants who have a right to work in the UK.

For all applications (grant and renewal) the applicant must produce documentation that proves they have the right to work in the UK.

More information on the right to work checks (GOV.UK)

Last updated:‎ ‎26/‎08‎/‎2020‎ 15:55