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  Icon for pdf Licensing Policy Relating to the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Trades 2016 [1.31MB].

 

Application forms

Application for a joint private hire/hackney carriage driver licence
Icon for pdf Joint Driver Application Form [322.96KB]
Icon for pdf Guidance notes for new applicants [169.52KB]
Icon for pdf Medical Class 2 Application Form [247.12KB]
Icon for pdf Joint Private Hire Hackney Carriage Driver conditions [35.44KB]
Icon for pdf Private Hire Driver Conditions April 2013 [31.4KB]
Icon for pdf Driver Licence Information Fair Processing Declaration Form (D906) [182.68KB]


  New Fess and Charges Consultation
 

Fees and charges
Icon for pdf Licensing fees and charges including Private Hire and Hackney Carriage fees and charges [10.14KB]
Icon for pdf Protocol for Dealing with the Suspension, Revocation and Non-renewal of Drivers' Licences [22.35KB]

 

Private hire operator
Icon for pdf Private Hire Operator Application Form [35.69KB]
Icon for pdf Private Hire Operator conditions April 2013 [19.85KB]

 

Vehicles and accidents
Icon for pdf Accident Report Form [225.53KB]
Icon for pdf Approved Garages for Vehicle Testing [83.75KB]
Icon for pdf Private Hire Vehicle Application Form [27.69KB]
Icon for pdf Private Hire Vehicle Conditions [67.45KB]
Icon for pdf Private Hire Vehicle Transfer Application Form [27.98KB]

 

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