Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Driver's Licence
How do I apply for a licence?
We are responsible for the licensing of vehicles, drivers and private hire operators.
Before a dual licence is granted you must:
- attend an initial interview with a Licensing Officer;
- provide proof of right to work in the UK;
- show that you are fit and proper to hold a licence;
- pass a spoken English test;
- pass a knowledge test;
- show that you are medically fit group 2 medical with own G.P;
- have held a full driver's licence (not a provisional) for one year; and
- have submitted and passed a D.B.S (Enhanced) check.
You must also provide:
- a completed application form;
- an original DVLA driving licence showing your current address;
- a passport or birth certificate; and
- the correct fee.
We must carry out our licensing function whilst ensuring that a safe and quality service is provided to all. To aid with this function, the Licensing Department undertook a review of its policies and conditions. Following its consultation in 2008, this document was formally adopted by the General Purposes Committee on 11 March 2009.
- Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Drivers Policy and Conditions of Licensing - pdf (340.6 KB) - opens document in new window
- Private Hire Operators Policy and Conditions of Licensing - pdf (382.1 KB) - opens document in new window
- Hackney Carriage Vehicles (HCV 101 and above) - Policy and Conditions of Licensing - pdf (389.6 KB) - opens document in new window
- Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicles (inc. Limousine Licences) - Policy and Conditions of Licensing - pdf (1.1 MB) - opens document in new window
- Policy Statement on Convictions for Licensing of Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Drivers and Operators - pdf (1.5 MB) - opens document in new window
Our licensing of vehicles, drivers and private hire operators is carried out in accordance with the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976.
Equalities Act 2010
All drivers and operators are required to make provision for disabled passengers under the Equality 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 us 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.
Environmental Health and Licensing
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