Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licencing


The Borough Council's role is to ensure that hackney carriages and private hire vehicles licensed by the Authority are sound and safe and that licence holders are fit and proper persons. Licences are issued for vehicles, drivers and private hire operators.

It is the Publisc Services departments' responsibility to carry out enforcement on unlicensed activities, and ensure compliance with licence conditions, along with ensuring all complaints received are dealt with quickly and are fully and fairly investigated. All road traffic offences and dangerous driving should be reported to the Police.

Hackney Carriage licenced vehicles are available at the ranks or may be flagged down.   They are also accessible to wheelchair users.

Private Hire licenced vehicles must be booked by telephoning the Operator in advance. Drivers of these vehicles cannot accept flag downs or pick up without being pre-booked. 


Application Process

The application process for obtaining a licence to drive a hackney carriage and / or private hire vehicle includes the following:

Applicants need to:

  • Take a knowledge test at the Council offices for private hire or hackney carriage drivers licence
  • Submit application form for the licence along with the appropriate fee.
  • Disclosure & Barring Service check (formally CRB)
  • DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) check
  • Medical check
  • Right to work check

Documents Available to Download

Hackney Carriage guidance notes
Private Hire guidance notes
Initial driver application form
Hackney Carriage drivers renewal form
Private Hire drivers renewal form
Private Hire Operators application form
Hackney Carriage Vehicle application form
Private Hire Vehicle application form
Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Fares