Taxi and private hire licensing

Taxis and private hire vehicles are licensed to ensure they are suitable and safe for you to travel in.

There are two types of taxi licence: hackney carriage and private hire.

We license hackney carriage vehicles (taxis), private hire vehicles, their drivers and operators.

The laws covering hackney carriages and private hire vehicles are different.

In brief, a hackney can:

  • stand on a rank
  • be flagged down in the street
  • be booked through a licensed operator.

A private hire vehicle can only accept pre-booked calls.

If a private hire driver picks up from a rank or from being flagged down, they are committing an offence and their insurance may be invalid.

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