Private Hire Driver's Licences

A licence is required before any person can drive a Private Hire Vehicle. Private Hire Vehicles cannot ply for hire in the street or at taxi ranks. Journeys must be pre-booked, normally by phone, via an app, or in person at a cab office.
Before a licence is granted the applicant must satisfy the Council that:

  • he/she is a fit and proper person to hold a licence;
  • he/she is medically fit;
  • he/she has attained the age of 21 years;
  • he/she has held a full driver's licence (not a provisional licence) granted to the applicant under Part III of the Road Traffic Act 1972 authorising him/her to drive a motor car for at least twelve months prior to the date of the application;
  • he/she can demonstrate adequate knowledge of the local area;
  • he/she has the right to work in the UK