What is a taxi, how to apply and pay for a taxi licence, how to renew/change your taxi licence, other permissions you may need, how to get your taxi tested, who regulates taxi vehicles and what happens if you don't apply for a licence.
A taxi is also known as a hackney carriage vehicle.
A licensed hackney carriage vehicle can pick passengers up from taxi ranks in their district, be flagged down in a street in their district or undertake pre-booked jobs anywhere in the country.
If you only want to take pre-booked jobs you will need to apply for a private hire vehicle licence. Hackney Carriages must be predominately used on Hackney Carriage ranks or hailed in the streets of their licensed district.
Vehicles must be licensed if they are hired with a driver for any reward (ie. money/business benefit) unless they are being used solely in connection with a wedding or funeral.
To licence a vehicle as a hackney carriage it will need to meet the requirements of the hackney carriage vehicle specification.
There are two specifications to choose from your vehicle must meet A or B.
Hackney carriage vehicle specifications (pdf 126kb opens in new window)
Once you have found a vehicle to licence, if the vehicle is to be a standard accessible hackney carriage you must contact the licensing team on (01482) 396218 for written approval in order to get your vehicle tested. A licensing officer will need to inspect your vehicle before they can issue written approval.
The cost to inspect your vehicle prior to licensing it is £30.00, this fee is refundable if an application for the vehicle is made.
Once you have written approval you can book your vehicle in to be tested at one of East Riding of Yorkshire Council's vehicle depots.
Your vehicle will only require a certificate of compliance if your vehicle is more then 12 months old.
You will then need to submit your completed application form and fee of £185 and supporting documents to the Licensing Team for consideration, this will be turned around within 7 days at which point an officer will contact you to book a plate appointment.
Apply online for a hackney carriage vehicle licence
The supporting documents must include:
A valid certificate of fully comprehensive motor insurance (stating for Public hire)
A valid certificate of compliance (for vehicles over 12 months old only)
Proof of vehicle ownership
If a standard accessible vehicle, evidence of swivel seat fitting certificate and manufacturers warranty.
Meter calibration certificate
Plate appointments are made available between 10am - 12 noon or 2pm - 4pm Monday–Friday, at Beverley Customer Service Centre, Cross Street, Beverley.
You will need to bring to your appointment
If you want to licence a vehicle that does not meet the standard requirements of the hackney carriage vehicle specifications A or B, for example you want to licence a rickshaw, tuctuc or a horse and carriage, you will have to ask the licensing committee for approval.
For an enquiry of this nature please contact by email: email@example.com
You can pay by credit/debit by calling the licensing team direct on (01482) 396218.
A tacit consent does not apply to a hackney carriage vehicle application as all application must be considered in order to ensure the vehicle meets all safety requirements.
A licensed taxi can only be driven by a badged private hire/hackney carriage driver, you will need to apply to the licensing team to obtain a private hire/hackney carriage drivers licence.
If your vehicle is damaged or involved in an accident, you must notify us within 72 hours of the occurrence.
You need to complete the below form and submit it to us.
Report a vehicle accident online
Vehicle accident reporting form (pdf 178kb opens in new window)
Your vehicle licence will end after 12 months, unless before the end date you apply to renew your vehicle licence.
The current fee for renewing your hackney carriage licence is £135
It is your responsibility to ensure you renew your licence before the current licence ends.
Apply to renew Hackney Carriage vehicle licence online
Please note: aware if your vehicle is 7 years of age or over and you fail to renew your licence in time, we cannot licence the vehicle again.
Vehicles that are over 11 years of age cannot be re-licensed unless they are a purpose built hackney carriage vehicle which will not be re-licensed if they are more than 12 years of age.
A tacit consent does not apply to this application.
If you no longer want your hackney carriage vehicle licence, you must email confirmation of your surrender request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
and return your vehicle plate, windscreen plate and paper licence to:
The Licensing Team County Hall Cross Street Beverley HU17 9BA
or via any customer service centre.
Please use our customer service centre finder to locate your nearest centre.
An application to transfer a hackney carriage vehicle or a private hire vehicle licence must be submitted to the licensing team no more than 14 days after the sale of the vehicle has been made.
Applications that are received after 14 days will not be processed, the vehicle licence will lapse and the plate will have to be returned to the licensing team. Vehicles that no longer meet the required standard cannot then be re-licensed.
To transfer a vehicle licence you must complete the form below and submit it to the licensing team along with the following documents:
The current fee to transfer a vehicle licence is £70
Apply to transfer a vehicle licence and plate online
Once a transfer application has been processed you will be issued with a licence for the remaining time on the existing licence. A renewal application must be submitted prior to the end of the licence period or it will lapse.
A tacit consent does not apply to this application, as each application has to be checked to ensure all legal requirements have been met.
If you wish to change details on your licence then you will need to put your change in writing by email: email@example.com
You can pay the £15 administration fee by calling the licensing team on (01482) 396218.
If your change of name is due to marriage or divorce, we will require a certified copy of your marriage certificate or divorcing papers. Your documents can be certified at any of the customer service centre across the East Riding. Please use our customer service centre finder to locate your nearest centre.
If you want to change your vehicle, you will need to ensure any new vehicle meets the hackney carriage vehicle specifications.
This will be treated as a new application and a new plate number and licence will be issued.
If you wish to place advertising on your Hackney Carriage vehicle, written permission must be obtained from the Licensing Team
You will need to put your request in writing, explaining which permission you seek to: email firstname.lastname@example.org
If your wish to use a trailer with your licensed vehicle, you are required to undertake a risk assessment for its use.
Existing licence holders can have their vehicle tested up to 30 days in advance of their current compliance certificate expiring. The new compliance certificate will then be dated in line with their previous compliance certificate.
You will not be able to renew your licence unless you have a valid compliance certificate at the time of renewal.
There are three council depots where you can have your vehicle tested. Tests are by appointment, for the fees and to book a test you will need to contact the testing station.
If you hold a licence for a Hackney Carriage vehicle, you must adhere to our by-laws at all times, and the licence conditions attached to your vehicle licence.
If you want to report an unlicensed taxi or you have a complaint about a taxi licensed by East Riding of Yorkshire Council you can contact the licensing team either by:
You will be asked to give your name and contact details to the licensing team. Your details will not be disclosed unless the investigation results in a prosecution. All complaints will be investigated in line with the licensing policy.
Hackney carriage vehicles licensed by East Riding of Yorkshire Council must have white oval stickers on their doors with their trading name and telephone number, a top light with the word taxi, and a plate fixed to the rear of the vehicle with their individual plate number, as well as a smaller plate in the front window. A hackney carriage vehicle can be hailed down on the street, pick up from a rank or take pre-booked fares.
Hackney carriage/private hire drivers must wear a badge issued by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council. The badge has a photograph of the driver along with their licence number and the expiry date of their driver’s badge.
A hackney carriage vehicle must be fitted with a meter which must be switched on at the start of a journey. The driver can not charge the passengers more than the fare on the meter for any journey that starts and ends in the East Riding district.
A hackney carriage vehicle licensed by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council must have the meter calibrated to charge the fares set out in the hackney carriage fare tariff they must never charge more than the final fare on the meter.
Hackney carriage fare tariff (word 38kb opens in new window)
If you book a private hire vehicle you must agree the fare before the journey. Private hire operators set their own fares their fares are not set by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
If any person is found to be driving, operating or using a vehicle for the purposes of hire and reward or public hire without the correct authorisation in place East Riding of Yorkshire Council may prosecute.
Each case will be treated on its own merits, and determined individually in line with East Riding of Yorkshire Council's licensing enforcement protocols.
If a vehicle or driver is used without a licence, it may mean their insurance policy is invalidated and the individual driving the vehicle may not have been police checked and vetted for their suitability.
If you are a vehicle owner and you are found not to be complying with your licence conditions, the licensing team can take the following actions in line with East Riding of Yorkshire Council's licensing enforcement protocols.
Taxi ranks in East Riding of Yorkshire district (pdf 21kb opens in new window)
If you use a vehicle for carrying passenger for hire and reward without a valid licence, you will committing an offence and the licensing team may prosecute you.
Each case would be dealt with on its own merits and in accordance with our enforcement protocols.