Taxi and private hire vehicles

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We are responsible for the licensing of hackney carriage (taxi) and private hire vehicles, drivers and operators that operate in the Tewkesbury Borough area.


What is the difference between taxis and private hire?

Private hire is a business set up by an operator using licensed drivers and vehicles which provides a service to members of the public who want to be driven from A to B.  The journey must be pre-booked and private hire vehicles cannot wait for a fare on taxi ranks or be flagged down in the street. Private hire vehicles must only be driven by a licensed private hire driver.

Taxis are sometimes known as 'black cabs', and are often associated with taxi travel in London, but they are also available for hire elsewhere in the country. This type of vehicle must only be driven by a licensed hackney carriage (taxi) driver.

They must have a calibrated taxi meter on board, and a roof light which, when lit, advertises the fact that the vehicle is available for hire. Taxis can be flagged down in the street, or wait for a fare on a designated taxi rank.


Driver Licensing

You will need a licence from us if you want to be able to drive hackney carriage or private hire vehicle.

We have adopted a policies on the licensing of hackney carriage and private hire drivers. It is very important that you read these policies before making an application for a driver's licence.


Applying for a hackney carriage driver's licence

If you want to apply for a hackney carriage driver's licence you must first complete our local knowledge test.

Once you have passed the knowledge test, you will need to complete the relevant forms which can be downloaded below.

Due to the identification requirements connected with applying for a criminal record check, you need to attend in person when making your application. You should therefore complete the relevant forms and then contact us on 01684 272167 or by email at licensing@tewkesbury.gov.uk in order to make an appointment to visit our offices to make your application.

Once licensed as a hackney carriage driver you must comply with our adopted hackney carriage byelaws.
 

Applying for a private hire driver's licence

In order to apply for a licence to drive private hire vehicles, you will need to complete the relevant forms which can be downloaded below.

Due to the identification requirements connected with applying for a criminal record check, you need to attend in person when making your application. You should therefore complete the relevant forms and then contact us on 01684 272167 or by email at licensing@tewkesbury.gov.uk in order to make an appointment to visit our offices to make your application.

Once licensed as a private hire driver, you must comply with our standard private hire driver licence conditions.


Operator licensing

Anyone who invites and accept bookings for private hire vehicles are deemed to be a private hire operators. If you are acting as private hire operator in our area, you need to hold a licence granted by us.
 

Applications

To apply for a private hire operator licence, you will need to complete the following application form and return with the relevant fee.

Once licensed as a private hire operator you must comply with our standard private hire operator licence conditions.


Vehicle licensing


Hackney carriage vehicles

Information on the criteria that must be met by any vehicle to be used as a hackney carriage is contained in our hackney carriage vehicle licensing policy. This policy also contains information on how to apply for a licence to use a vehicle as a hackney carriage.


Private hire vehicles

Information on the criteria that must be met by any vehicle to be used as a private hire vehicle is contained in our private hire vehicle licensing policy. This policy also contains information on how to apply for a licence to use a vehicle as a private hire vehicle.


Applications - prevention of fraud

This authority is under a duty to protect the public funds it administers, and to this end may use the information you provide on application forms for the prevention and detection of fraud. It may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes.