Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licences
The Council is responsible for the issue of Licences in respect of Hackney Carriages and Private Hire Vehicles. It seeks to ensure that a high standard is maintained for the comfort and safety of passengers and provides information for all users of the service.
Useful contacts for travelling by taxi for people with disabilities
The Council has compiled a list of taxi operators who are able to provide a service for people with a disability.
This authority does not endorse any services provided.
Hackney Carriage Licences
A Hackney Carriage can ply for hire in the street. They must display "Taxi" and "For Hire" signs. They do not need to be pre-booked.
There are two types of Hackney Carriage Licence:
(1) Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence
This Licence is valid for twelve months. The vehicles must be mechanically examined at the Council's Langston Road Depot prior to the issue of the Licence and at times specified in the Licence Conditions.
(2) Hackney Carriage Driver's Licence
Driver licences for Hackney Carriage and Private Hire driver licences are issued for 3 years. Operator licenses are issued for 5 years. A search at the Criminal Records Bureau is also made.
Consultation - Taxi Ranks and the Installation of Meters in Hackney Carriages
Conditions & Fees