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

Icon for pdf Joint Driver Application Form [273.19KB]

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

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

Icon for pdf Driver conditions [122.19KB]

Icon for pdf Driver Licence Information Fair Processing Declaration Form (D906) [182.68KB]

Icon for pdf Suitability Policy May 2019 [537.87KB]

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

Private hire operator

Icon for pdf Private Hire Operator Application Form [142.36KB]

Icon for pdf Private Hire Operator conditions [133.73KB]

Vehicles and accidents

Icon for pdf Accident Report Form [225.53KB]

Icon for pdf Private Hire Vehicle Application Form [93.73KB]

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

Icon for pdf Private Hire Vehicle Conditions [10.36KB]

Icon for pdf Private Hire Vehicle Transfer Application Form [92.94KB]

Icon for pdf Vehicle Standards [216.7KB]

Icon for pdf Licensed Vehicle Emissions Policy [137.45KB]

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