Hackney carriage (taxi) licence

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.

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.


Application for a joint private hire/hackney carriage driver licence

Icon for pdf Guidance notes for new applicants [422.91KB]

Icon for pdf Suitability Policy May 2019 [537.87KB]

Icon for pdf Joint Driver Application Form [273.19KB]

Icon for pdf Joint Private Hire Hackney Carriage Driver conditions [122.19KB]

Icon for pdf Group 2 medical form for Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Drivers [629.63KB]

Icon for pdf Driver licence information Fair Processing Declaration form (D906) [182.68KB]

Driving proficiency test

From 1 June 2019 you will need to prove that you have passed a driving proficiency test before you can can be granted a licence. You will be able to book a proficiency test with either The Blue Lamp Trust  or Green Penny (lease note you will need to have completed the Green Penny 'Standard Assessment') from 1 May 2019.

Fees and charges 

Full list of Private Hire and Hackney Carriage fees and charges from 1 April 2019


Fares for hackney carriage vehicles

Vehicles and accidents

Icon for pdf Accident Report [225.53KB]

Icon for pdf Approved Garages for Vehicle Testing [83.75KB]

Icon for pdf Declaration for Hackney Carriage Vehicles [45.37KB]

Icon for pdf Hackney Carriage Vehicle Application Form [174.13KB]

Icon for pdf Hackney Carriage Vehicle Transfer [172.49KB]

Icon for pdf Hackney Carriage Vehicle Conditions [11.22KB]

Icon for pdf Vehicle Standards [216.7KB]

Icon for pdf Licensed Vehicle Emissions Policy [137.45KB]

Find out more about hackney carriages 

Further information is available on our Hackney carriages (taxis) frequently asked questions page.