Private Hire Vehicle

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

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

Icon for pdf Private Hire Vehicle application form [122.69KB]
Icon for pdf Private Hire Vehicle Regulations [126.8KB]

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.

Private Hire Vehicles are only permitted to accept pre-booked work, they are not permitted to 'ply for hire' in the street or use taxi ranks. They do not usually have a taximeter fitted, and they are not bound by our taxi fee rates.

The type of vehicle and its appearance are not prescribed, but the vehicle must be of a suitable design to carry out this role. Before you purchase or change a vehicle you should check with us that it will be suitable.

The person or company that takes bookings must be licensed as a Private Hire Operator with the Council that its vehicles are licensed. Also, the drivers of these vehicles must be licensed by the same authority, as hackney carriage / private hire vehicle drivers.

Driver Licensing Fees

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

Driver Licensing Fees and Charges