Apply for or renew a Hackney Carriage vehicle licence

What you need to know

  • Hackney Carriages (taxicabs) may be hailed, hired from a taxi rank or pre-booked
  • they have a roof sign and a white licence plate on the rear
  • they must be our teal colour (Pantone 321)
  • maximum fares for journeys within our borough are regulated by us
  • a taximeter will be used
  • CCTV in licensed vehicles (from April 2023)
  • emissions standards for licensed vehicles
  • a suitability test for vehicle proprietors

Licences for Hackney Carriages will only be granted to vehicles that meet the Icon for pdf vehicle specification guidance [337.95KB] Please read our Icon for pdf updated taxi policy 2021 [1.46MB] before starting your application.

Taxi livery

All Hackney Carriages must have the Guildford Borough Council livery (colouring). 

Once the vehicle is licensed as a hackney carriage, it may only be driven by a driver with a Hackney Carriage driver's licence

The vehicle must also maintain its appearance as a Hackney Carriage, including any signage, roof sign and plate.

We offer pre-application advice on this licence.

Fees

Hackney Carriage Vehicles 

Fee for 2020/21

Hackney Carriage Vehicle (new/renew)

£196.04

Hackney Licence Vehicle Change

£32.04

Hackney Carriage temporary vehicle (3 months)

£80.08

Replacement Vehicle Licence Plates

£22.32

Vehicle Test

£58.00