Taxi licences

Licences you need for your business

If you are looking to set up your own taxi business, or work as a driver for someone else, you will need to apply for certain licences.

At a taxi rank, on the street and bookings by phone (Hackney carriage)

If you intend to pick up fares at a taxi rank, on the street or take bookings by telephone in our borough, you will need a hackney carriage driver's licence.

Setting up your own business?

If you are setting up your own business, then you will also need to apply for a vehicle licence for your vehicle. You can only do this when you have been issued with your driver’s licence.
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Pre-booked work only (private hire)

If you intend to be a driver who will only take pre-booked work, then you will need a private hire driver’s licence (to drive the vehicle).

When you have obtained your licence as a private hire driver, you can apply for a private hire vehicle licence to licence your vehicle.

Setting up your own business?

If you are setting up your own private hire business, you will also need to apply for a private hire operator’s licence, which will enable you to take bookings. As an operator, you will be able to have other licensed drivers working for you.

Working for someone else?

If you want to work for an existing operator under their operator’s licence, you will have to provide their agreement to this in writing.

Further information:

Unsure which licences you need?

Please contact the Licensing Team.

Statutory taxi and private hire vehicle standards

The Secretary of State for Transport has issued new statutory taxi and private hire vehicle standards to licensing authorities aimed at safeguarding children and vulnerable adults: Statutory taxi and private hire vehicle standards (GOV.UK)
 
The statutory standards set out a range of robust measures to protect taxi and private hire vehicle passengers, particularly those most vulnerable.

Government and licensing authorities are working together to ensure that, above all else, the taxi and private hire vehicle services the public use are safe.

Licensing authorities are under a legal duty, under section 177 of the Police and Crime Act 2017, to have regard to the statutory standards.

The statutory standards are an important first step in reforming the way the taxi and private hire vehicle sector is regulated and should ensure consistent standards between licensing authorities.

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Last updated: ‎27‎/‎07‎/‎2020‎ ‎17‎:‎03‎