To drive a private hire vehicle (PHV), you must hold a private hire driver's licence issued by the Council. This licence does not allow the holder to drive a hackney carriage (taxi).
To qualify for a licence you must be deemed 'fit and proper' by us. This covers your:
The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions)(Amendment) Order 2002 allows us to take into account all convictions recorded against an applicant or the holder of a private hire vehicle licence, whether spent or not.
We check all relevant convictions, particularly where there is a long history of offending or a recent pattern of repeat offending. If you wish to discuss what effect a caution/conviction may have on your licence application, please contact our licensing officer in confidence by calling 01483 444371.
Before you apply for a licence you must have passed:
You will need:
Please note: If you have lived outside the UK in the past five years, you will need a letter of good conduct from the embassy or consulate of that country. This must be from the embassy or consulate that is based in the UK.
Your application may be rejected or placed on hold if you send it in without the required documents.
You will need:
If you are renewing your licence, the completed application, including the above items, should be received by us at least 15 working days before your licence expires.
You may either:
We will contact you once your licence is ready for collection and this is when you must return your old licence plate.
On 9 December 2015, we updated our Licensing Policy [959kb] and now new drivers must obtain a BTEC Qualification in "The Introduction to the role of the Professional Taxi and Private Hire Driver". See our list of providers for the course [164kb] but these are not endorsed or recommended by us.
Each provider sets their own charges and timetable for the qualification.
As a licensing authority, we may be required by law to disclose to the appropriate authorities, from time to time, further information relating to applications and licences for the purposes of law enforcement and the prevention of fraud.
Last updated: 2 February 2016 11:26 AM