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.
Hackney carriage and private hire trades policy
All applicants are strongly advised to read the council's.
|Application for a joint private hire/hackney carriage driver licence|
|Fees and charges|
Private Hire and Hackney Carriage fees and charges from 1 April 2019
Drivers (licence valid for 3 years)
Operators (licence valid for 5 years)
Vehicles (licence valid for 1 year)
Vehicle licence transfer fee £100
|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.
We also publish a list of Private hire operators .