Taxis (hackney carriage vehicles)

Taxis (hackney carriage vehicles)

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A hackney carriage can be used for the carriage of passengers for hire and reward. It can be hailed by passengers on the roadside, it can stand on a rank to await the approach of passengers and it can be pre-booked by telephone. A hackney carriage can only be driven by the holder of a hackney carriage driver licence.

How much will it cost to apply?

New application £370 (minimum £50 to be paid at time of application)

Renewal application - £305

How do I apply?

New application

Renewal application

Transfer application (no charge) - Part 1 - existing licence holder and Part 2 - new proprietor

Applicants must also produce:

  • the vehicle registration document (V5C) in the name of the proprietor/part-proprietor (or proof of ownership – i.e. a bill of sale from a reputable firm);
  • a current vehicle insurance certificate or cover note which includes the carriage of passengers for public hire;
  • a completed vehicle inspection form issued by a Hambleton-based VOSA accredited testing station;
  • a completed meter calibration certificate (only in the case of new applications)

Further information

Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy

Vehicle incident report form

List of designated wheelchair accessible vehicles

Hackney Carriage Table of Fares

Taxi newsletters


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Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976

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