Taxis and private hire vehicle licences during the coronavirus outbreak

Guidance for operators and passengers, how to renew your licence or apply for a new one under the current social distancing restrictions.


Latest advice for travelling and working in vehicles

Government guidance

The government has published some guidance on actions that drivers, operators and owners of taxis or private hire vehicles (PHVs) can take to protect against coronavirus.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) guidance for taxis and PHVs

DfT guidance

The DfT's Safer Transport Campaign provides some simple guidance for both drivers and passengers.

Guidance for operators - this safer travel guidance for operators will help organisations, agencies and others (such as self-employed transport providers) understand how to provide safer workplaces and services for themselves, their workers and passengers across all modes of private and public transport.

Guidance for passengers - the government has issued some coronavirus (Covid-19) safer travel guidance for passengers. This covers walking, cycling, and travelling in vehicles or on public transport during the coronavirus outbreak.

Working in vehicles - the government has also issued guidance for people who work in or from vehicles, including couriers, mobile workers, lorry drivers, on-site transit and work vehicles, field forces and similar.

Frequently asked questions - The Department for Transport has published a selection of answers to some of the most commonly asked questions for taxis and private hire vehicle owners.

Safety tips for taxi and private hire vehicle drivers and passengers - for drivers,  the Essex Residence Forum has put together a list of some things you can do to protect yourself and your passengers from coronavirus (Covid-19). And for passengers there are some similar safety tips. These are based on the latest government guidance on working safely in a vehicle.

Interviews for licenses

We are able to process new and renewal plates and badges by carrying out virtual interviews for DBS and Right to Work Checks if required. Subsequent RTW checks,  plate and badge collections will be arranged with you as the offices are not open currently.