Private Hire Operator's Licence
A private hire operator's licence is required to enable a person to accept or invite bookings for private hire vehicles.
One person can be licensed and employ/sub-contract an unlimited number of licensed vehicles. However, a licensed private hire driver cannot accept any bookings unless he either holds or works for a licensed private hire operator. An operator may pass a booking to another licensed private hire vehicle operator if they are unable to fulfil that booking.
Members of the public have initial contact with the operator and make the contract with them, even if the operator does not provide the vehicle and/or the driver.