To licence a vehicle as a hackney carriage it will need to meet the requirements of the hackney carriage vehicle specification and intended use policy.
Any new or replacement hackney carriage vehicle must also be white in colour, and have the Pantone green livery installed on the vehicle at the point of application.
Hackney Carriage Vehicle Specifications
There are two vehicle specifications to choose from your vehicle must meet A or B.
Hackney carriage vehicle specification and intended use policy (word 42kb opens in new window)
Before you can take your vehicle for a compliance test, you will need receive written confirmation from Licensing Officers that your vehicle meets the required specification. 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.
Inspection of your vehicle is submit to a fee of £30.00.
Your vehicle will only require a certificate of compliance if your vehicle is more then 6 months old.
Intended Use Policy
All applications for a hackney carriage vehicle licence will be expected to demonstrate the intention to ply for hire with the East Riding district, each case will be assessed on its own merits. If the authority is not satisfied the application may be refused.
Equality Act 2010,
Section 165 of the Equality Act 2010 has been adopted in the East Riding of Yorkshire, meaning all wheelchair accessible licensed vehicles, deemed capable of carrying a reference sized wheelchair (120 x 70 cm, with a maximum combined weight of 300kg) will be published in accordance with section 167 of the Equality Act 2010.
All drivers of these vehicles are therefore required to carry out the full duties under the Equality Act 2010 as follows
- Carry passengers whilst in the wheelchair
- make no additional charge for doing so
- if a person chooses to sit in a chair, carry the wheelchair
- take such steps as reasonably necessary to ensure the passenger is carried safety and reasonable comfort
- to give passengers such assistance as reasonably required
Section 166 of the Act makes provision for licensing authorities to issue exemptions to drivers where they are satisfied it is appropriate to do so:
- On medical grounds; or
- On the ground that the person’s physical conditions makes it impossible or unreasonably difficult for the person to comply with those duties.
A driver will only be exempt therefore if an exemption certificate has been issued and notice of exemption issued by the Council is exhibited on the vehicle in the prescribed manner.
You can view the list of designated vehicles on the below link
List of accessible vehicles under section 167 of the Equality Act 2010, open in a new page
Making the application
You will then need to submit your completed application form and fee of £200 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) naming all drivers
a valid certificate of compliance (for vehicles over 6 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
- your Private Hire/Hackney Carriage driver's licence.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I pay?
You can pay by credit/debit by calling the licensing team direct on@
Tel: (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.