How to apply and costs for private hire taxi, hackney carriage and minibus licences.
The government has released its response to the Report of the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing - follow the link to read the full report.
Some newspapers have led with sensationalist headlines heralding changes that may affect drivers livelihoods and this could be very worrying for drivers. Nothing is going to happen immediately. The changes that are being suggested, in the main, are what the Council already require. One of the areas of concern for many of the 'out of area' drivers is the proposal to introduce a requirement that journeys begin and end in the same licensing authority area the licence was issued. The Government have said they will explore this issue further, no formal proposal is included on this issue and it is likely to require new legislation. It is therefore unlikely that there will be any changes in the near future. Any legislative changes are also likely to include a long transition period.