Private hire licence
Private hire vehicles, their drivers and operators, are licensed by the council to ensure public safety.
What is a private hire vehicle?
Private hire vehicles (PHV) operate in a similar way to hackney carriage vehicles in that they are used as a form of public transport. That is where the similarity ends. These cars are commonly referred to as 'taxis' or 'cabs' by the public but they are very different in the way they operate and the way they look. Private hire vehicles in this district are commonly saloon or estate style cars and may not resemble a hackney carriage in any way. All private hire cars must be pre-booked through a licensed operator either by telephone, email, fax or at the licensed operator's office.
We aim to issue this licence within 28 days of the application becoming valid. If you do not receive your licence within this time please contact the Licensing Team on 01799 510510.
If you submit an application for a private hire/hackney carriage driver's and you have not submitted all supporting documentation to validate your application within 56 days then this will be withdrawn and you will be refunded back your application fee.
Application for a joint private hire/hackney carriage driver licence
Driving proficiency test
From 1 June 2019 you will need to have passed a driving proficiency test before you book your appointment with the licensing officer. You will be able to book a proficiency test with either The Blue Lamp Trust or Green Penny (please note if you are using Green Penny, you will need to choose their 'Standard Assessment' test).
Applicants must have held a full UK driving licence (or equivalent) for a minimum of 3 years at the time of application.
Fees and charges
Private hire operator
Vehicles and accidents
Find out more about private hire licenses
Further information is available on our Private hire frequently asked questions page.
You can also find out more about how we regulate private hire vehicles and operators in our.
We also publish a list of Private hire operators.