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Private Hire Vehicle Licence

Private hire vehicles cannot apply for hire in the street or at taxi ranks. Journeys must be pre-booked, normally by phone or in person at a minicab office. Failure to do so is an offence and may invalidate the vehicle's insurance cover. Fares for private hire vehicles are not regulated by the Council - the cost of a journey will normally be based on a rate per mile or should be agreed with the company before the journey. Private hire vehicles licensed by the Council must display a blue plate on the rear, a smaller internal plate, and approved door signs. Roof signs are not permitted. Private hire drivers must also wear an ID badge issued by the Council, which includes their photograph.

Vehicles must be mechanically suitable. The mechanical condition is to be confirmed by a detailed inspection undertaken at the expense of the proprietor at the Council's designated testing stations; details of which can be found below.

Throughout your application, you must be honest in supplying information to us and must not, under any circumstances, make a false statement at any time to obtain your vehicle licence. This is a serious offence.



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