Taxi Licensing: Hackney Carriage Licence

Hackney carriage vehicles can pick up from taxi ranks and can be flagged down in the street. They can:

  • carry passengers for hire or reward
  • be hailed by prospective passengers in the street
  • park on a rank to await the approach of passengers

For more information on Hackney Carriage Licences please view the following documents:

Criteria for Drivers (pdf)
Driver Licence Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)
Driver and Vehicle Fees (pdf)

Hackney Carriage Standard Conditions (pdf)
Private hire / Hackney carriage driver and private hire operator suitability policy (pdf)

Disclosure and Barring Service Guidance
Equality Act 2010

Register of Hackney Carriage Drivers (pdf)

Register of Hackney Carriage Vehicles (pdf)

New Hackney Carriage Driver?

Please request an Application Pack from Three Rivers via reception or email and ensure you have read the procedurebyelaws and Convictions Policy carefully. New application submissions are to be returned personally and by appointment only and must include the following:

  • Application Form
  • Completed medical form
  • Disclosure and Barring Service application form
  • Two passport sized photographs
  • DVLA Drivers Licence
  • Three forms of identity
  • Payment (cheques no longer accepted)

Failure to submit all the above documentation will result in a new appointment at a later date to be agreed by the Licensing Department and therefore will ultimately delay your application process.

Application Process:

Once your application has been accepted you will be subject of a Knowledge Test which is taken at Three Rivers House, every two weeks.  A member of the licensing team will contact you directly to arrange a relevant date for the test.

Knowledge Test Briefing Note (pdf)
Knowledge Test Example Questions (June 2016) (pdf)
Track a DBS Application

Refund Procedure (May 2015) (pdf)

Once all enquiries are complete, if successful, the applicant will be advised of a date and time for him/her to attend the Council Offices, to collect their Hackney Carriage Licence and Badge.

Current Hackney Carriage Driver:

If you are a current Hackney Carriage Driver with the Council and wish to renew your licence, change your address or you have lost your badge etc please view the Driver FAQ's document for more information on the relevant procedure:

Driver Licence Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)

Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence:

For more information on Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence Applications including renewal/transfer/replacement etc please read the following documents:

Vehicle Licence Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)
Criteria for Vehicles (pdf)

Hackney Carriages Byelaws (doc)
Driver and Vehicle Fees (pdf)

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