Only a hackney carriage can be pre-booked and ply for hire on the streets or on Council-nominated ranks.
It is illegal for any other vehicle to ply for hire including private hire vehicles, which are often referred to as taxis or cabs.
A hackney carriage can be clearly identified by the following:
A licence plate located at the rear of the vehicle stating:
A roof sign, which should be illuminated when the vehicle is available for hire, a licence badge at the front of the vehicle (will be located inside the vehicle) listing the registration number, the licence number and the expiry date of the licence, and window stickers on the rear passenger seat windows.
Vehicles must comply with all relevant licensing and pre-licensing conditions.
Applicants are strongly advised to contact the Licensing Team to discuss the suitability of your vehicle before making your application.
To submit an application the following documents are required:
Once the applicant has all of these documents they will need to complete an application, pay the appropriate fee and if the vehicle is more than 10 years old must make an appointment to attend a vehicle inspection at the Council.
For more information regarding vehicle licensing requirements please see section 17 of the policy which can be found in the downloads section of this page.
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Please contact the Licensing team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The application form and guidance can be found in the Downloads on the right side of this page.
For fees please see the Licensing Fees pages.