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Taxi and Private Hire Licences

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We are responsible for the licensing of the following within the District of Blaby:

  • Private hire operators
  • Private hire drivers
  • Private hire vehicles
  • Hackney carriage vehicles
  • Hackney carriage drivers

If you wish to work in Blaby District as a hackney carriage driver or private hire driver you will need to obtain a licence from us. Please find below a step by step guide to obtaining a licence. All licences are granted in line with our Fit and Proper Person Policy (this can be found below in downloads) and new applicants should familiarise themselves with the requirements of this policy before taking the first steps to become licensed.

With the introduction of The Immigration Act 2016, the Council is now under a legal duty to ensure all applicants have the right to live and work in the UK. You will be required to prove that you have these rights before being licensed for either a first grant or renewal.

Licence display

Vehicles licensed by us must:

  • Display a yellow plate on the rear exterior & interior (private hire)
  • Display a white plate on the rear exterior & interior (Hackney Carriage)
  • Wear, in a prominent position, an ID badge issued by the Council which includes his/her photograph and the licence expiry date. Private Hire badges are yellow and Hackney Carriage badges are white

If you are concerned about the legitimacy of a licensed vehicle please contact us. Information on current licences can also be viewed on our public register.

Operator's licence application

Complete the operator’s application form and submit to the Licensing department with the following documents:

  • Appropriate fee (can be found in table of fees under downloads). Cheques can be made payable to Blaby District Council
  • If you are not already a licensed driver then you will need to provide a basic criminal record check

A check is required for all applicants:

  • Planning permission exemption or consent letter/permission
  • Current driving licence (including photo card where issued)
Private Hire or Hackney Carriage licence application

Book in and pay for a knowledge test at the Council Offices. The fee is payable in advance and can be found in the table of fees under downloads. A test is held every three weeks
Once you have passed the knowledge test, you will receive an application pack. You will need to complete the application form and return to the Licensing Department with the following documents:

  • Appropriate fee. Cheques can be made payable to Blaby District Council
  • Completed Disclosure and Barring Service check form, the relevant documentation to confirm identity and the current fee for DBS
  • Documents to prove your Immigration Status
  • DVLA code to allow us to view your driving record
  • One passport photograph
  • Original Certificate which shows you have passed a Private Hire and Hackney Carriage Driving Test. This must be less than one year old
  • Original driving licence (photo card)
  • Completed medical form
Private Hire or Hackney Carriage licence application information

Only hackney carriages can be hired from an appointed stand in the district or hailed in the street within Blaby District boundaries. A private hire vehicle may only make journeys that are pre-booked with a private hire operator

If the vehicle is over five years old, it will need to be inspected prior to licensing. Please contact us to arrange an appointment. Only vehicles that are in exceptional condition will be licensed if they are over five years old (see the age of vehicle policy below)

Make an appointment for the vehicle to be tested at an appointed testing station within the district (see the list of approved garages)

Complete the vehicle application form and return to the Licensing Department with the following documents:

  • Current fee for private hire or hackney carriage (see table of fees)
  • Original certificate of insurance (authorising to use for hackney carriage or private hire work)
  • Original vehicle registration document or if a new vehicle bill of sale
  • Original pass test sheet from the approved garage (white copy)

Before a licence is granted the applicant must satisfy us that:

  • You are a fit and proper person to hold a licence
  • You have held a full UK/EU driver's licence (not a provisional licence) granted to the applicant authorising him/her to drive a motor car for at least twelve months prior to the date of the application
  • You have the right to live and work in the UK

Please be aware that the application process normally takes 6-12 weeks from receipt of your application for return of the DBS and other checks.

Knowledge test

The knowledge test consists of multiple choice questions on the Highway Code, the legislation and the conditions attached to both driver and vehicle licences. The test will also include the writing of a receipt, maths questions, important locations in the District and shortest route questions (hackney carriage only).

To pass the test, candidates are required to obtain a pass mark of 80% in all sections. Candidates will not be allowed to ask questions or refer to their notes whilst taking the test.

The price of the test can be found in the table of fees. Candidates are able to attempt the test on three separate occasions. If a candidate fails to pass the test on the third attempt, they will not be eligible to take another test for 12 months from the last test date.

Refund policy

If a licence is surrendered before its expiry date, the Council will issue a pro-rata refund based on the number of whole months/years left on the licence after administration costs have been deducted. A refund will be made on all licences. A refund for less than £20 will not be processed.

To request a refund, you must return your licence to the Council surrendering the licence in writing and requesting a refund.

Last updated 29 September 2021
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