Taxi (Hackney Carriage) and Private Hire Licensing

Apply for a Hackney Carriage or Private Hire vehicle licence

Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence

An application form  and conditions for a Hackney Carriage vehicle licence are available to download. Otherwise forms are available from our offices at Darby House, Lawn Central, Telford, TF3 4JA.

The fee for a new application for a Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence is £170 for 12 months and an application to renew is £160 for 12 months. The plate deposit is £10.

In order to comply with Council policy, if you are intending to purchase a hackney carriage vehicle, it should be purpose built with access for at least one wheelchair and be on the Telford & Wrekin Council's list of approved vehicles. If the vehicle you wish to licence is not on the approved list, you can apply to the Licencing Service for it to be added to the list.

The vehicle should:

  • Meet the standards of M1 Category European Whole Vehicle Type approval.
  • Be under 10yrs of age and must be converted to wheelchair use.
  • Be fitted with a meter and calibrated to the fares set by Telford & Wrekin Council.
  • Be fitted with a standard first aid kit and a 1kg dry powder fire extinguisher, which conforms to BS B5423.

The vehicle will need to undergo a compliance test at Telford & Wrekin Services' Testing Station, the fee for which is £61.

The vehicle must be insured for Public Hire and in the case of an "Any Driver" policy, the insurance certificate must be accompanied by a schedule of drivers who have been declared to the Insurance Company.

Before purchasing the vehicle, we would advise you to telephone this office on 01952 383264 and speak to a Licensing Officer or book an appointment for further advice. 

Once you have purchased a vehicle, please phone the above telephone number to book a compliance test with your details to hand.

Private Hire Vehicle

An application form  and conditions for a Private Hire Vehicle licence is available to download. Otherwise forms are available from our offices at Darby House, Lawn Central, Telford, TF3 4JA.

The fee for a new application for a Private Hire Vehicle licence is £170 for 12 months and an application to renew is £160 for 12 months. The plate deposit is £10 for the rear plate and £10 for the front plate. The roof sign can only be purchased from a Private Hire Operator licensed with the Council. 

In order to comply with Council policy, if you are intending to purchase a private hire vehicle it should one of the vehicles on the Telford & Wrekin Council's list of approved vehicles. If the vehicle you wish to licence is not on the approved list, you can apply to the Licencing Service for it to be added to the list.

It should be under 5years of age when first licensed.

The vehicle be fitted with a standard first aid kit and a 1kg dry powder fire extinguisher, which conforms to BS B5423.

The vehicle will need to undergo a compliance test at Telford & Wrekin Services' Testing Station, the fee for which is £48.

The vehicle must be insured for Private Hire use only and in the case of an "Any Driver" policy, the insurance certificate must be accompanied by a schedule of drivers who have been declared to the Insurance Company.

Before purchasing the vehicle, we would advise you to telephone The Licensing Service on 01952 383264 and speak to a Licensing Officer or book an appointment for further advice.

Once you have purchased a vehicle, please phone the above telephone number to book a compliance test having all your vehicle details to hand.

Last updated 11/03/2014

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