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Apply for or renew a private hire vehicle licence

What you need to know

  • private hire vehicles may only be booked in advance
  • they are identified by signs on the side of the vehicle, giving details of their licence number, and a red licence plate on the rear
  • vehicles must not be the same colour as a Hackney Carriage, or have a roof sign
  • fares should be agreed at the time of booking
  • a taximeter may be used
  • CCTV in licensed vehicles (from April 2023)
  • emissions standards for licensed vehicles
  • a suitability test for vehicle proprietors
  • a transparent policy on executive hires

Licences for PHVs will only be granted to vehicles that meet the requirements. Please read our  updated taxi policy 2021 (PDF) [1MB] before starting your application.

Once the vehicle is licensed as a private hire vehicle, it may only be driven by a driver holding either a private hire drivers licence or a dual Hackney Carriage/private hire driver's licence issued by the council, even when the vehicle is off duty. 

The vehicle must also maintain its appearance as a private hire vehicle, including displaying any signage and plate.

We offer pre-application advice on this licence.


Private Hire Vehicles 

Fee for 2020/21

Private Hire Vehicle (new/renew)


Private Hire Vehicle Change


Private Hire temporary vehicle (3 months)


Replacement Vehicle Licence Plates


Private Hire Vehicle signs (pair)


Vehicle Test