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.

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 Group 2 medical form for Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Drivers [629.63KB]
Icon for pdf Joint Private Hire Hackney Carriage Driver Conditions [23.87KB]
Icon for pdf Driver Licence Information Fair Processing Declaration Form (D906) [182.68KB]


Fees and charges
Icon for pdf Private Hire and Hackney Carriage fees and charges until 31 March 2019 [10.14KB]

Private Hire and Hackney Carriage fees and charges from 1 April 2019

Drivers (licence valid for 3 years)
New application £216
Renewal £215

Operators (licence valid for 5 years)
New application £478
Renewal £476

Vehicles (licence valid for 1 year)
New application £108  
Renewal £96

Vehicle licence transfer fee £100

Icon for pdf Protocol for Dealing with the Suspension, Revocation and Non-renewal of Drivers' Licences [22.35KB]


Hackney carriage table of fares
 Icon for pdf Table of Fares [36.4KB]


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 [134.25KB]
Icon for pdf Hackney Carriage Vehicle Transfer [133.67KB]
Icon for pdf Hackney Carriage Vehicle Conditions [15.95KB]


Find out more about hackney carriages 

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