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Hackney carriage driver licence

Apply for a new Hackney carriage driver licence

If you wish to become a Hackney carriage driver you need to:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • hold a current full UK driving licence and have held this for more than one year

To become a Hackney carriage driver you will need to attend and pass a Taxi general competency course at Peterborough Regional College. You will also need to disclose any past offences and convictions and apply for an enhanced DBS criminal record check certificate. For further information and guidance on obtaining an enhanced DBS criminal record check please contact our licensing team.

Once you have successfully completed the course and obtained the enhanced DBS check you will need to apply using the online application for a licence.

Please note: If you already hold a private hire drivers licence go to Licence type change (private hire to Hackney).

You will need the following documents as you will be required to upload them during the online application process:

  • Enhanced disclosure certificate - If you are a member of the disclosure update service then you can provide your current enhanced disclosure and reference number in place of the full enhanced disclosure certificate. For further information and guidance on obtaining an enhanced DBS criminal record check please contact our licensing team
  • Taxi general competency certificate from Peterborough Regional College
  • Medical form signed by a medical practitioner
  • DVLA driving licence (photo card)
  • DVLA driving licence check summary and code
  • Passport style / size photo for ID badge
  • Proof of right to work in UK for example a British passport - A list of acceptable documents has been published by the Home Office, further information can be found on GOV.UK's Right to Work checklist
  • If not continuously resident in the UK for the last 5 years a Statement of Good Conduct will need to be uploaded. Further information can be found on GOV.UK's Record checks for overseas applicants

You will be required to present the original documents when invited to an interview with a Peterborough City Council licensing officer.

Before Peterborough City Council can approve your application and grant your licence you will be asked to take a driving assessment test with one of our licensing officers to ensure your driving meets our standards.

For more information please read the Hackney carriage policy and byelaws, Hackney carriage vehicle conditions and current taxi fees in our supporting documents.

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Renew Hackney carriage driver licence

If your Hackney carriage driver licence is due to expire in the next 30 days you will need to renew your licence online.

You will need the following documents as you will be required to upload them during the application process:

  • Enhanced disclosure certificate - If you are a member of the disclosure update service then you can provide your current enhanced disclosure and reference number in place of the full enhanced disclosure certificate
  • DVLA driving licence (photo card)
  • DVLA driving licence check summary and code
  • Medical form signed by a medical practitioner

For more information please read the Hackney carriage policy and byelaws, Hackney carriage driver conditions and current taxi fees in our supporting documents.

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Hackney carriage vehicle licence

Apply for a new Hackney carriage vehicle licence

If you wish to licence a new Hackney carriage vehicle you will need to complete an online application.

Your vehicle must be less than three years old and pass a vehicle inspection at our appointed testing station. You will need to bring your vehicle inspection pass sheet with you when you collect your vehicle licence plate.

You will need the following documents as you will be required to upload them during the application process:

  • Vehicle insurance certificate
  • V5C Log book

For more information please read the Hackney carriage policy and byelaws, Hackney carriage vehicle conditions and current taxi fees in our supporting documents.

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Renew Hackney carriage vehicle licence

If your Hackney carriage vehicle licence is due to expire in the next 30 days you will need to renew your licence online.

Your vehicle must be less than 15 years old and you will need the following documents as you will be required to upload them during the application process.

  • Vehicle insurance certificate
  • V5C Log book

For more information please read the Hackney carriage policy and byelaws, Hackney carriage vehicle conditions and current taxi fees in our supporting documents.

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Licence type change (private hire to Hackney)

If you already hold a private hire drivers licence and wish to become a Hackney Carriage driver you will need to complete an application form. Please download the form, print, complete, make payment online and then send to us.

Licence type change (private hire to Hackney) form

Size: 149.65 KB File format: pdf

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Notify us of a change

If you have recently changed address, sold your vehicle to another taxi driver or replaced your vehicle we will need to vary your licence. Please download the relevant form below, print, complete make payment online and send application form to us.

Change of address

Size: 98.98 KB File format: pdf

Replacement vehicle

Size: 113.13 KB File format: pdf

Plate transfer (change of vehicle owner)

Size: 106.71 KB File format: pdf

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Hackney carriage byelaws

The Secretary of State has confirmed the byelaws relating to Hackney Carriages licensed by Peterborough City Council will come into force on the 26 April 2018.  A copy of the byelaws in full, are available to view below. 

The byelaws are also available at the Town Hall, Bridge Street, Peterborough and at Bayard Place, Broadway, Peterborough.

The byelaws regulate proprietors and drivers of Hackney Carriage vehicles. The byelaws relate to:

  • Provisions regulating the manner in which the number of each hackney carriage corresponding with the number of its licence, shall be displayed
  • Provision regulating how hackney carriages are to be furnished or provided
  • Provisions regulating the conduct of the proprietors and drivers of hackney carriages plying with the district in their several employments, and determining whether such drivers shall wear any and what badges
  • Provisions fixing the rates or fares to be paid for hackney carriages within the district and securing the due publication of such fares
  • Provision securing the safe custody and re-delivery of any property accidentally left in hackney carriages, and fixing the charges to be made in respect thereof
  • Penalties

For information, the byelaws were subject to a consultation process which ran from 24 August 2017 to 21 September 2017 and were adopted by Full Council on 13 December 2017.

For further information on the byelaws, please email licensing@peterborough.gov.uk or telephone 01733 747474 and ask for the licensing team.

Hackney carriage byelaws

Size: 2.08 MB File format: pdf

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Pay for

Please use the links below to order and pay for sundry items and services. No prior application is required. On receipt of your payment and when we have verified your entitlement, a member of our licensing team will contact you to arrange delivery/collection.

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Supporting information

Documents you need to complete an application

New Driver Licence Renewal Driver Licence New Vehicle Licence Vehicle Licence Renewal
Enhanced disclosure certificate  ✔  ✔
Taxi general competency certificate  ✔
Medical form  ✔  ✔
DVLA driving licence (photo card)  ✔  ✔
DVLA driving licence check summary and code  ✔  ✔
Passport style/size photo for ID badge  ✔
Proof of right to work in UK  ✔
Statement of good conduct
(if not continuously resident in the UK
for the last 5 years)
 ✔
Vehicle insurance certificate  ✔  ✔
VSC Log book  ✔  ✔

Supporting documents

Driver medical form

Size: 125.61 KB File format: pdf

Hackney carriage vehicle conditions

Size: 161.39 KB File format: pdf

PCC Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy

Size: 995.03 KB File format: pdf

Taxi fees - April 2017

Size: 221.73 KB File format: pdf

Places of interest

Size: 221.87 KB File format: pdf

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Contact the licensing team

If you require further information or guidance, please contact our licensing team by calling 01733 453491 or by email at licensing@peterborough.gov.uk.

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