Apply for a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle licence

Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence

You can complete the online application form and view the conditions for a Hackney Carriage vehicle licence.

The fee for a new application for a Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence is £150 for 12 months and an application to renew is £120 for 12 months. The cost of the plates is £9 and the tactile plate is £10.45.

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 12 years of age for a purpose built hackney and under 10 years of age for a multipurpose vehicle
  • ensure that the vehicle glass has a minimum light transmittance of 75% for the front windscreen; 70% for the front windows; 34% for all other vehicle window glass.
  • must have minimum access for one wheelchair
  • 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 the Council's compliance test, which includes an MoT test and compliance inspection, at Donnington Wood MOT and Training Centre. Please pay the fee of £80 (inc of VAT) direct to the garage. View the approved garage's appointment and cancellation policy.

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, if you have any queries, we would advise you to contact us for further advice.

Private Hire Vehicle

You can complete the online application form and view the conditions for a Private Hire Vehicle licence.

The fee for a new application for a Private Hire Vehicle licence is £150 for 12 months and an application to renew is £120 for 12 months. The cost of the plates is £9 and the cost of the door stickers is £6. 

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.

  • Meet the standards of M1 Category European Whole Vehicle Type approval.
  • Be under 10 years of age.
  • Ensure that the vehicle glass has a minimum light transmittance of 75% for the front windscreen; 70% for the front windows; 34% for all other vehicle window glass.(Please note that for executive vehicles that the vehicle may have tinted windows but not so dark that you cannot see into 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 the Council's compliance test , which includes an MoT test and compliance inspection, at Donnington Wood MOT and Training Centre. Please pay the fee of £72.00 (inc of VAT) direct to the garage. View the approved garage's appointment and cancellation policy.

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, if you have any queries, we would advise you to contact us for further advice.

Last updated: 9.46am on Tuesday 16 April 2019

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