Hackney Carriage vehicle licence

A 'Hackney Carriage' is more commonly called a Taxi. It is the responsibility of the Council to regulate the number of Hackney Carriages it licences.

This licence is required for any chauffeur-driven hire vehicle that will ply for hire, be flagged down or hired at a taxi rank. Once licensed a taxi is always a taxi until the licence expires. These vehicles display a white plate on the rear of the vehicle.

Before a vehicle is licensed it must pass an MOT and garage test to ensure its safety. We issue licences for taxis and ensure that the vehicles are suitable and adequately insured to ensure high standards of safety.

Also, the licence is issued subject to the following conditions:

Identification plates

The identification plate shall remain the property of the Council at all times and shall be affixed to the exterior rear of the vehicle and shall be maintained and kept in such condition that the information printed on the plate is clearly visible to the public at all times.

Maintenance of vehicle

The vehicle and all its fittings and equipment shall at all times when the vehicle is in use or available for hire be kept in an efficient, safe, tidy and clean condition and all relevant statutory requirements (including in particular those contained in Motor Vehicles Construction and use Regulations) shall be fully complied with.

Alteration of vehicle

No material alteration or change in the specification, design, condition or appearance of the vehicle shall be made without the approval of the Council at any time while the licence is in force.

Passengers

The proprietor of a hackney carriage shall not convey or permit to be conveyed in a licensed vehicle any greater number of persons than that prescribed on the licence issued by the Council and on the licence plate affixed to the rear of the vehicle. The driver shall not allow there to be conveyed in the front of a hackney carriage any child below the age of 10 years, or more than one person above that age. The driver shall not without the consent of the hirer of a vehicle convey or permit to be conveyed any other person in that vehicle.

Animals

The proprietor shall not permit any animals to ride in the vehicle except an animal in the custody or control of the hirer, which animal shall be conveyed in the rear of the vehicle.

Safety equipment

Fire extinguisher

There shall be provided and maintained at all times when in use as a hackney carriage vehicle a suitable and efficient fire extinguisher (1.0 kg) to meet BSEN 31996 (BS 5423) which shall be securely fixed to the vehicle and to be readily visible and available for immediate use in an emergency.

Communications equipment

Two-way radios

The proprietor shall ensure that any radio equipment fitted to the hackney carriage vehicle is at all times kept in a safe and sound condition and maintained in proper working order.

Mobile telephones

Mobile telephones may only be used with a hands-free kit. Ideally this kit should be a hard wired, professionally fitted facility within the vehicle.

Taximeters

The proprietor shall ensure the vehicle is fitted with a taximeter approved by the Council, and that meter shall be maintained in a sound mechanical condition at all times. The taximeter shall be set for the current tariff agreed by the Council and shall be sealed to prevent unauthorised adjustment of that meter. The proprietor shall ensure the "For Hire" sign or other illuminated sign is extinguished when the fare commences, and the taximeter brought into operation.

Fare tables

The proprietor shall ensure that a copy of the current fare table supplied by the Council is on display inside the hackney carriage at all times and that table is not concealed from view or rendered illegible when the vehicle is for hire.

A discount of 20p shall be given to passengers over 60 or disabled passengers who present (at the start of the journey) a National Concessionary Travel Pass issued after 1 April 2008.

Fares table
Fare  Charge (Inclusive of VAT) 

For a distance of up to 873 yards (798 metres)

£2

For the first 873 yards (789 metres)

For each subsequent 88 yards (80 metres) thereafter (or uncompleted part thereof

£20
10p

Waiting time - For each period of 1 minute (or uncompleted part thereof)

27p

Extra charges (for the whole distance) - For hirings commencing between 11pm and 6am

Normal daytime rates plus 33 1/3

For hirings commencing after 7pm on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve and all day on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day and (where appropriate Christmas Bank Holiday)

Double normal daytime rates

Soiling Charge

£25

For each person carried in excess of 1 person

20p

('Babies', i.e. children not capable of using a seat belt, shall be defined as persons for occupancy purposes but shall not be classed as fare paying passengers).

If you would like to enquire about fares, please contact us. You will need to quote your vehicle plate number.

Vehicle insurance

At all times during the currency of the Licence the proprietor shall keep in force in relation to the use of the vehicle as a hackney carriage a Policy of insurance complying with the requirements of Part V1 of the Road Traffic Act 1984.

Convictions

The proprietor shall within 28 days disclose to the Council in writing details of any conviction or caution imposed on him (or, if the proprietor is a company or partnership, on any of the directors or partners) during the period of the insurance.

Change of address

Any proprietor changing his place of abode must give notice in writing to the Council within seven days of such change.

Display of terms and conditions

The proprietor of the vehicle shall at all times when the vehicle is being used by fare-paying passengers have within the vehicle for inspection by those passengers a copy of these terms and conditions.

Application forms

This authority is under a duty to protect the public funds it administers, and to this end may use the information you provide on any application form for the prevention and detection of fraud. It may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes.