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.
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
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
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.