A licence is required before any vehicle can be used for taxi or minicab work. Licences are issued for one year.
If this is the first time that you are licensing a vehicle, or if you would like a reminder of the council’s standards, then please see these two short films:
One covering the basics of licensing a hackney carriage
One covering the basics of licensing a private hire vehicle.
The council has a limit on the number of hackney carriage licences and has agreed to not issue any new licences. This does allow existing licences to be renewed or transferred.
All vehicles must pass an MOT no more than 30 days before they are licensed, unless the vehicle is less than one year old. You can book your MOT with any garage.
You must book an appointment with the licensing team to licence your vehicle. You will need to bring your logbook (V5), vehicle insurance, and MOT to your appointment. A meter calibration certificate, confirming that the meter has been set to our tariff, must be provided for hackney carriages.
Vehicles will be tested for suitability against our policy and conditions.
Appointments are for one hour.
If you pass, you are issued with your plate and licence during your appointment. Any vehicle which does not pass gets up to 10 working days to be retested before the licence is refused.
Vehicle owners must comply with their conditions and hackney carriage owners must also comply with the byelaws.
Any accident must be reported within 72 hours using our our accident report form.
If you change your address you must notify us using our change of address form.
If you lose your licence contact the Licensing Team for replacement.
If you are buying a licensed vehicle you must apply to transfer the licence into your name.
- The licence fee is £235 (£117.50 for electric vehicles).
- A plate bracket costs £21.
- A replacement plate costs £21.
- A replacement licence costs £17.50.
- The fee for transferring a vehicle is £17.50.
Please note that we can only accept payment by credit card or debit card.
How to appeal
You have a right to appeal the decision of the council to refuse a licence or to attach conditions to a licence.