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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, Mid Devon District Council, as the Licensing Authority, have adopted a policy setting out how it administrates 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.

The Policy can be viewed here:

Hackney Carriage and Private Hire 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. Guidance on this and the DBS process can be viewed here:

Guide to DBS checks and DBS Form

In addition to this, the Licensing Team have recently introduced a ‘Drivers Handbook’. This is designed to provide applicants and licence holders with an overview of their requirements and it can be viewed here:

Drivers Handbook

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