How to Apply
Submit the relevant application form, with the vehicle meeting the vehicle Specification Policy. The correct insurance coverage must be obtained and examined by an authorised testing station.
Fees as of 1st May 2019
|Private Hire Vehicle Licence ||Fee|
|Change of Proprietor
|Transfer of Private Hire Vehicle
|Replacement Plate x1
|Replacement Door Signs x1
|Replacement Door Signs x2
All vehicles must:
- Comply with the Private Hire Licensing Conditions (PDF)
- Have the correct insurance, and the insurance certificate must accompany the application
- Be examined by a Council Approved Testing Station, for what is called a Certificate of Compliance (COC) Test
- Supply an original copy of the Vehicle(s) V5 certificate
Please contact the Licensing Office if you are at all unsure whether your vehicle would be licensed. The Council has the discretion to grant or refuse the licence. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in writing within 14 days of the decision being taken.
For a vehicle of a higher specification than a standard model an exemption can be sort. An executive hire vehicle would be except of displaying the door signs and have a smaller more discrete front and rear plates. See Executive Hire Conditions.
The Certificate of Compliance (COC) test will be of MOT standard plus additional checks. It must be carried out every six months, and as the Council applied for an exemption from the Ministry Of Transport, there is no need for the holder of a valid Hackney Vehicle Licence and COC, to have the vehicle tested separately for an MOT.
The test report should be completed and signed by the inspecting /mechanic engineer. This should then be returned to the Licensing Office.
Legislation and Conditions
Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions Act ) Act 1976
Processing and Timescales
Once fee has been paid and all the associated documentation is submitted to policy, the licence can take up to 28 days to be produced.
The applicant would be able to appeal any decision by way of complaint to the Magistrates’ Court within 21 days of being notified of the Council’s decision.
You may make your application
By appointment: offices are open 9.00am - 4.00pm Monday to Friday
PO Box 1