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Taxi licensing policy consultation

We are consulting on our updated Hackney Carriage and Private Hire (or taxi) licensing policy.

The main aim of the Policy is to protect the public. The policy also acts as a guide for applicants, decision makers and anyone commenting on a licence or an application. It ensures applications are dealt with consistently and on their own merits.

A Hackney Carriage is any licensed vehicle and driver who has been checked by us as a ‘fit and proper’ person to accept bookings from a rank or from being hailed in the street. They may also take pre-booked fares.

Private Hire is any licensed vehicle, driver and operator who accepts a pre-booked fare only.

Proposed changes to the Policy

The current Policy was approved in 2016 with other minor changes in April 2019.

The proposed changes to the new Policy include:

Dual Driver Licence – A new combined Hackney Carriage and Private Hire drivers’ licence. This would allow the licence holder to drive both Hackney Carriage and Private Hire vehicles

Executive vehicles – Further information on the standards a vehicle must meet in order to be awarded a Plate Exemption Letter

Tinted windows – 50% transparency removed and replaced with Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations requirements

VOSA write-off categories – the Policy reflect changes to VOSA categories

Removal of engine sizes – Stated engine size has been removed from the Policy. Instead each vehicle will be determined on its own merits.

Other minor changes – changes to the wording of Penalty Points, Criminal Disclosures, Safeguarding, transporting Assistance Dogs and internal procedures.

View the draft Hackney Carriage and Private Hire licensing policy

Have your say

You can have your say on the draft policy until midnight on Friday 13 December 2019.

Email your comments to or write to:

Licensing Partnership
P.O. Box 182
TN13 1GP

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