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What is the hackney carriage and private hire licensing policy?

In line with the Town Police Clauses Act 1847 and the Local Government Miscellaneous Provisions Act 1976, as the Licensing Authority, we've adopted a policy setting out how we administrate the licensing of the hackney carriage and private hire trade. The policy outlines how:

  • we process applications;
  • enforce the above legislation, and;
  • how decisions are made.

See Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Policy to read the policy.

One of the most significant recent changes is the introduction of the Disclosure and Barring Service ‘Update Service’. This will become a mandatory requirement for all Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Drivers by 31 January 2020. See our Guide to DBS checks and DBS Form for guidance on this and the DBS process.

In addition to this, we've recently introduced a Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Drivers Handbook. This is designed to provide applicants and licence holders with an overview of their requirements.

If you have any comments or suggestions about the above documents, please contact us.

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