Taxi regulation and the environment

Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing policy

Following the consultation which took place between 7 April and 2 June 2017, the licensing committee met on 6 July 2017 and properly considered all responses received and recommended that the amended draft policy be adopted by full council. The full council convened on 26 July 2017 and the draft policy, as amended was formally adopted.
  • Introduction of Group 2 medical assessments
  • Requirement to display required information (Part 1 and Part 2 notice)

The policy is now in effect, however, there will be a transitional period, during which the following arrangements will be implemented.

All other arrangements detailed within the policy are now in effect and licence holders are expected to adhere to its contents. During the transitional period officers will assist licencees with compliance on any of the new provisions.

Report an accident

If you are a taxi driver and need to report an accident then please click on the following link:


Our taxi regulatory officers carry out various vehicle stop and checks per week. They also perform late night inspections to ensure compliance with licence conditions. Any conditions found not to be complied with, will be reported.

General driver conditions

  • obstruct authorised officers or police officers
  • fail to comply with a request from such an officer
  • use false addresses
  • fail to report accidents to the licensing section
  • fail to report their change of address, or the transfer of their plates.

Private hire conditions

  • illegally ply for hire, this will also invalidate the insurance
  • stand, wait or pull onto hackney carriage ranks
  • fail to wear their badge
  • have their two-way radio loose in the foot-well of their vehicle
  • drive without insurance.

Hackney carriage conditions

  • drive their cabs with their meters unsealed
  • drive uninsured
  • allow their vehicles to be driven by unlicensed drivers.

These offences carry maximum fines of between £400 and £5000 and in some instances will also include a minimum of 6 to 8 points on your licence.

Those drivers continually caught breaking the law or behaving in an unacceptable way will be reported to the Licensing Sub Committee who may suspend or revoke the drivers licence.

Rules of evidence

Our licensing enforcement team are like any other authorised enforcement agency and must comply with all rules of evidence and home office guidelines to ensure consistency and fairness.

In any case presented before a magistrate or crown court, the prosecution must prove beyond all reasonable doubt that the offence charged was committed by the defendant. This means that in all cases our officers must ensure that they have followed up all reasonable lines of enquiry and that the matter has been processed efficiently and within strict guidelines and time limits.


In order to ensure a reasonable chance of success the legislation must be used and adhered to.

Advice on taxi idling and the environment

Running your engine unnecessarily while your vehicle is stationary pollutes the environment and it's against the law on a public highway.

An idling engine can produce up to twice as many exhaust emissions as an engine in motion. Exhaust emissions contain a range of air pollutants such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and particulate matter. These can effect the air quality of the surrounding environment and the air we breathe.

Vehicle idling is an offence against the Road Traffic (Vehicle Emissions) (Fixed Penalty) (England) Regulations 2002. The law states that it is an offence to idle your engine unnecessarily when stationary. If you fail to turn your engine off after being spoken to you, you may be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £20.

What you can do

  • You can do your bit by switching off the engine if it looks like you could be waiting for more than a minute or two. Modern cars use virtually no extra fuel when they're restarted without pressing the accelerator so you won't waste lots of fuel switching the engine back on.
  • Turn off your engine when stationary, for example - on a road at a shop, school, taxi rank and stands, whilst unloading/loading or when parked outside your house.
  • Avoid idling whilst waiting in car parks, petrol stations, lay-bys, "set down" and "pickup points".