Hackney Carriage Vehicle (Taxi) licence

All vehicles with 8 passenger seats or less used for the transportation of fee paying passengers must be licensed.  Hackney Carriage vehicles can be hired from a taxi rank, hailed at the roadside or pre-booked.


To be licensed as a Hackney Carriage vehicle with this Authority, the vehicle must be under 4 years old at first licensing and must be black in colour.  Once licensed, the vehicle must carry a top light and have a taxi meter fitted inside the vehicle.  A white licence plate must be displayed on the rear and in the windscreen of the vehicle along with white door stickers on both front doors.


This Authority operates an Intended Use Policy in relation to Hackney Carriage vehicles.


The vehicle must pass testing with our approved plating station before the application is made.  The plating station’s details are DHM Services, 01685 721005.


The following must be provided to apply for a Hackney Carriage Vehicle licence:


• A completed application form – application form;
• Vehicle registration document;
• Valid certificate of insurance;
• Insurance schedule (if vehicle is not listed on the insurance certificate);
• MOT certificate plus additional taxi checks certificate.


All applications must be made in person.  To make an application you are required to make an appointment with the Licensing Section.  If you turn up without an appointment then it is unlikely that staff will be able to see you.  Please contact the Licensing Section on 01685 725000 to make an appointment.  Please note that if you do not bring all of the above to the appointment then the application will not be accepted.


It is advised that the following documents are read before you make your application:


Fees list
Top light information sheet
Hackney Carriage Bye-laws
Hackney Carriage Vehicle Conditions
Intended Use Policy

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