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Hackney Carriages (taxis)

Taxis (also known as Hackney Carriages) their drivers and operators, are licensed by the council to ensure public safety.

What is a Hackney Carriage?

Commonly called taxis, these vehicles generally all have an illuminated "TAXI" sign on the roof. They can be hailed in the street or they can be hired at any hackney carriage or approved rank in the District. The council controls the fares charges but does not limit the number of hackney carriages in the Uttlesford area.

Hackney carriages are the subject of strict licensing rules and regulations to ensure that they remain fit for the purpose. Regular mechanical safety checks are carried out and they are also subject to tests on their appearance and cleanliness. Public safety is paramount and only cars meeting the strict standards are licensed.

Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Trades policy

All applicants are strongly advised to read the council's pdf icon Licensing Policy Relating to the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Trades 2016 [1Mb].

Application forms

Application for a joint private hire/hackney carriage driver licence
pdf icon Joint Driver Application Form [322kb]
pdf icon Guidance notes for new applicants [169kb]
pdf icon Medical Class 2 Application Form [247kb]
pdf icon Joint Private Hire Hackney Carriage Driver Conditions [23kb]
pdf icon Driver Licence Information Fair Processing Declaration Form (D906) [182kb]


Fees and charges
pdf icon Licensing fees and charges including Private Hire and Hackney Carriage fees and charges [10kb]
pdf icon Protocol for Dealing with the Suspension, Revocation and Non-renewal of Drivers' Licences [22kb]


Hackney Carriage table of fares
 pdf icon Table of Fares [36kb]


Vehicles and accidents
pdf icon Accident Report [225kb]
pdf icon Approved Garages for Vehicle Testing [83kb]
pdf icon Declaration for Hackney Carriage Vehicles [45kb]
pdf icon Hackney Carriage Vehicle Application Form [134kb]
pdf icon Hackney Carriage Vehicle Transfer [133kb]
pdf icon Hackney Carriage Vehicle Conditions [15kb]


Contact the Licensing Team