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Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing

Private Hire and Hackney Carriage Vehicle Inspections

All vehicles which are to be licensed as Hackney Carriage or Private Hire are to be inspected to confirm compliance with the Council’s policy. 

All vehicle inspections will be carried out on Tuesday and Thursday mornings between 10.00am and 12.00 noon by appointment only.

How to arrange an appointment:

Contact the licensing administration office at North Northamptoshire Council Kettering Area.

This can be via email to DLEHAdministration.kbc@northnorthants.gov.uk, telephone (01536) 535801 or by visiting the Council Offices to advise you require an inspection. 

You will need to provide the following details of the vehicle:

  • Registration number
  • Make of vehicle
  • Model
  • Number of passengers the vehicle is to be licensed for
  • Whether the vehicle is to be licensed as a Hackney Cariage or Private Hire
  • Contact telephone number

The above information will then be passed to the Health Protection Team within the department and the Duty Officer will contact you to arrange an appointment for the vehicle to be inspected at the Council Offices.  If the vehicle requires any work a further appointment will be required to be re-inspected.

Only when the vehicle is satisfactory will the application form, along with the required documentation and fee, be accepted and this will then be passed to the Administrative Team to issue the Licence and plates.  Any incomplete application will be returned. 

Vehicle documentation required includes:

  •  Vehicle Registration Document
  • Current Certificate of Insurance
  • Current MOT Test Certificate (where applicable)
  • EU Whole Vehicle Type Approval or UK Low Volume Type Approval in its final format and fee.

Please note no Licence or plates will be produced until a satisfactory inspection of the vehicle has been carried out.  Our aim is that the licence and plates are issued within three working days of a satisfactory inspection being carried out and application form with required documentation being received along with the correct fee.