Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicles
Operator's Licence (for drivers of Private Hire Vehicles only)
Hackney Carriages (taxis) mainly work from public ranks, the public can flag them down on the street when the driver is applying for hire, and they can also be pre-booked.
Private Hire vehicles are only available by prior booking and through a private hire operator's office. They are not allowed on taxi ranks and cannot be used to ply for hire. Members of the public cannot flag them down.
Here are some ways to check you are getting into a licensed taxi or private hire vehicle:
- Is there a local authority licence plate displayed on the vehicle rear and on the front window screen?
- Does the driver have a current local authority identity badge?