Hackney Carriage Vehicle - Taxi

We licence vehicles for use as hackney carriages.

If you plan to drive a vehicle as a taxi, you should first apply for a dual use driver's licence as that usually takes longer to process.

Please refer to the Dual Use Driver's Licence page for information on how to apply.

Icon for pdf Hackney Carriage Vehicle application form [121.46KB]
Icon for pdf Hackney Carriage Regulations [108.76KB]

From the 1st March 2019 your vehicle must meet the adopted standards for the specification of the vehicle inspection that you must complete. Please ensure you refer to this document Icon for pdf Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Adopted Inspection Specification [390.42KB] before you present your vehicle for test. The garage will assess the condition of your vehicle against these standards, and only pass the vehicle if it meets the standard.


These vehicles are licensed to 'ply for hire' (pick up passengers when hailed) and accept pre-booked work. They must have a meter fitted to calculate the fare, and this must be set to our Icon for pdf Current Hackney Carriage Fares Card 2019 - [129.59KB]. You must submit a Icon for pdf Taximeter Calibration Certificate [151.89KB] to show this work has been carried out.

Driver Licensing Fees

Please visit our Fees and Charges page for information on our Driver Licensing Fees.

Driver Licensing Fees and Charges