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Private Hire Vehicle Licence

All Private Hire vehicles must be licensed unless exempt by legislation.

The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 defines a private hire vehicle as:

"any motor vehicle adapted to carry less than nine passengers and which is provided for hire with the services of a driver to carry passengers, but which is not already licensed as a hackney carriage (taxi) or as a public service vehicle (bus or coach)".

The only exemption from this legislation is where the transport is provided solely in connection with a wedding or a funeral (section 75).

If you have any questions please contact the Taxi Licensing Officer.

Minimum Requirements

Vehicles must

  • be less than five years old at the date of first licensing
  • possess a valid Road Fund Licence
  • be clean and tidy, inside and out
  • carry a fire extinguisher which is within the manufacturers' recommended replacement date and in a clean and usable condition
  • carry a first aid kit with a full set of contents, preferably kept within a waterproof or sealed bag
  • carry a spare wheel and the tools to change it or a tyre reinflation kit if the vehicle is constructed without the provision to carry a spare wheel.
  • have fully operational windows
  • have seatbelts in good condition and working order


  • roof lights, if fitted, must be working and attached directly to the gutter or roof-rack retaining bolts. Lights attached to roof bars or their brackets will not be allowed
  • a taximeter, if fitted, will be tested

Application Procedure

Applicants must complete and return:

  • Private Hire Vehicle Licence Application Form on the right hand side of this page

If you need assistance to complete the application forms, please contact our taxi licence officer and we will be happy to help you.


Applicants must supply:

  • Insurance certificate which provides for private hire and reward
  • V5 vehicle registration document
  • MOT certificate if vehicle is over one year old


Vehicles must

  • undergo a visual inspection by our Taxi Licensing Officer
  • if over one year old, have a valid MOT certificate


Licence fee of £153 per annum.


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