Dual Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Driver's licence

Please download and read the following documents

Before the licence is granted the applicant must show that they:

  • are a fit and proper person to hold a licence
  • must pass a spoken English test
  • are medically fit
  • have held a full driver's licence (not a provisional) for two years
  • must have passed the police criminality check carried out by the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) at least every three years to ensure safety to the public

The following documentation should be provided:

  • the completed application form
  • the original DVLA driving licence showing the current address
  • passport or birth certificate
  • the correct fee (see Taxi Licensing fees and charges)

Licensing conditions

Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976

The council is responsible for the licensing of vehicles, drivers and private hire operators in accordance with the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976.

The Borough Council must carry out its licensing function whilst ensuring that a safe and quality service is provided to all. To aid with this function, the Licensing Department recently undertook a review of its policies and conditions. Following its consultation in 2008, this document was formally adopted by the General Purposes Committee on the 11 March 2009. Use the link on the right to view the Licensing conditions and our police statement on convictions for licensing of hackney carriage and private hire drivers.

Equalities Act 2010

All drivers and operators are required to make provision for disabled passengers under the Equalities Act 2010.

The law says that all licensed drivers are required to carry assistance dogs (such as Guide dogs and Hearing dogs) free of charge. It is an offence to refuse to carry an assistance dog unless the driver has a medical exemption certificate from the Council displayed on the vehicle.

It is illegal to treat a person with disabilities differently from other people, for example by charging a person using a wheelchair more than an able-bodied person for the same trip.

Further advice/information

For further information and / or advice please contact us using the online enquiry form on the right.