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Taxi licence - Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Vehicle

Private Hire

A Private Hire Vehicle is different to a Hackney Carriage in that it cannot ply for hire in the street or at taxi ranks.  All journeys should be pre-booked, normally by phone or in person at a the main taxi office.

You can request a form to apply for a licence to operate Private Hire Vehicles by contacting us using the online form.

If a Private Hire Vehicle is not pre-booked it is an offence and also invalidates the vehicle’s insurance cover.  Fares for Private Hire Vehicles are not regulated by the Council - the cost of a journey will normally be based on a rate per mile or should be agreed with the company before the journey.

Private Hire Vehicles licensed by ourselves must display our official Private Hire plate provided on the rear and a smaller internal plate.  Roof signs are not permitted.  Private Hire drivers must also wear an ID badge issued by ourselves, which includes his/her photograph.

If you are wanting to make a complaint about a taxi driver within the city fill out our online form.

Hackney Carriage

A Hackney Carriage Vehicle, unlike a Private Hire Vehicle is able to ply for hire in the street or at taxi ranks. Journeys do not need to be pre-booked and the vehicle can be hailed down.

You can request a form to apply for a licence to operate a Hackney Carriage Vehicle by contacting us using the online form. 

A scale of fares is fixed by the Council. A tariff card showing the scale will be supplied and this must be displayed inside the vehicle so that it is visible to all passengers. 

Hackney Carriage Vehicles licensed by ourselves must display our official Private Hire plate provided on the rear and a smaller internal plate. Hackney Carriage Vehicles should also be fitted with a roof light bearing the word “TAXI”. Hackney Carriage drivers must also wear an ID badge issued by ourselves, which includes his/her photograph.


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