Taxi driver/operator licences

If you want to offer taxi or private hire vehicle services in the district, you will need a licence. There are two licence types:

  • A hackney carriage licence is issued to the proprietor/owner of a vehicle. It permits a vehicle to use taxi ranks where available, and apply for hire.
  • A private hire licence is issued to the proprietor/owner of a vehicle. It allows a vehicle to be used as a pre-booked private hire vehicle.

If you are a taxi operator (and operate a number of vehicles driven by yourself or other drivers), you will also need an operator's licence.

All licenced taxi operators are listed on our register of hackney carriages and private hire vehicles on data.gov.uk. This also includes a list of wheelchair accessible vehicles.