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. Any premises at which the licence holder operates must be in the Winchester City Council district, and the address must be provided to the Council.  If an operator does not have premises, all provision for inviting and the acceptance of bookings must be undertaken in the Winchester district.

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.