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How do I apply for a licence?

We are responsible for the licensing of vehicles, drivers and private hire operators.

If the public will have access to your premises (such as a waiting room) you must provide a Certificate of Public Liability Insurance. If you are operating from your own home, you do not need insurance.

If you are not already a Hackney Carriage or private hire driver, you will also need to provide a basic criminal record check form.

As an operator, you can now subcontract work to other operators inside or outside the town but you must:

  • work from a base within Stevenage to be licensed by Stevenage.
  • only use Stevenage registered drivers in Stevenage registered cars.
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Licensing conditions

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.

If a vehicle is operating outside of its licence conditions and relevant legislation, this can invalidate the insurance and put the customer at serious risk.

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

Daneshill House
Danestrete
Stevenage
Herts
SG1 1HN

env.health@stevenage.gov.uk

01438 242908 / 242916

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