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How do I get my vehicle a private hire licence?

Private hire vehicles are required to be licensed to ensure that they are suitable for use by the public.

We have a vehicle age restriction policy and subject to certain exceptions,  we will not licence a vehicle that is more than five years old. However, once the vehicle is licensed it is entitled to remain licensed until it is not more than eight years old.

A licence is issued for 12 months and vehicles over three years of age are required to undergo twice yearly mechanical tests (fee of £30.00 payable at time of test).

Before a licence can be issued you must make an appointment for a taxi test at:

May Gurney Fleet and Passenger Service LimitedWhitehaven Commercial ParkMoresby ParksWhitehavenTel: 01946 517600 

You should then take the completed application form to May Gurney Fleet and Passenger Service Limited at the time of the taxi test together with:

  • Vehicle Registration Document/Bill of Sale
  • Valid MOT Certificate (if applicable).

Once the vehicle has passed the taxi test, you can submit the application form, pass certificate and checklist to us together with:

  • Vehicle Registration Document/Bill of Sale
  • Valid MOT Certificate (if applicable)
  • Valid Insurance Certificate/Cover Note.

We will then issue the licence along with a white licence plate for you to affix to the rear bumper of your vehicle.

How do I get a Private Hire Driver's Licence?

All drivers of private hire vehicles are required to satisfy us that they are fit and proper persons to hold such a licence. We have the power in law to check with the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) for the existence and content of any criminal record held in your name.

A licence is issued for 12 months and to qualify you must:

  • Have held a full driving licence for 12 months prior to the date of application;
  • Complete a private hire drivers licence application form;
  • Complete a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) application form (if applicable). This is required every 3 years and in the intervening years a self-certification form must be completed declaring that no further convictions have been obtained since the last CRB check;
  • Provide a medical certificate (required every 3 years unless otherwise stated) from his/her doctor, certifying that the applicant is fit to drive a private hire vehicle;
  • Provide a full current driving licence (both photo card and counterpart);
  • Provide 2 x passport size photographs of the applicant;
  • Provide a valid Passport (if applicable);
  • Provide your Birth Certificate ;
  • Provide your Marriage Certificate (if applicable)
  • Provide your National Insurance Number.

Please note that the CRB application forms are only available from our offices.

How do I get my vehicle licensed as a taxi?

Hackney Carriage vehicles are required to be licensed to ensure that they are suitable for use by the public.

We have a vehicle age restriction policy and subject to certain exceptions,  we will not licence a vehicle that is more than five years old. However, once the vehicle is licensed it is entitled to remain licensed until it is not more than eight years old.

A licence is issued for 12 months and vehicles over three years of age are required to undergo twice yearly mechanical tests (fee of £30.00 payable at time of test).

Before a licence can be issued you must make an appointment for a taxi test at:

May Gurney Fleet and Passenger Services LimitedWhitehaven Commercial ParkMoresby ParksWhitehavenTel: 01946 517600

You should then take the completed application form to May Gurney Fleet and Passenger Services Limited at the time of the taxi test together with:

  • Vehicle Registration Document/Bill of Sale
  • Valid MOT Certificate (if applicable).

Once the vehicle has passed the taxi test, you can submit the application form, pass certificate and checklist to us together with:

  • Vehicle Registration Document/Bill of Sale
  • Valid MOT Certificate (if applicable)
  • Valid Insurance Certificate/Cover Note.

We will then issue the licence along with a yellow licence plate for you to affix to the rear bumper of your vehicle.

Can I become a taxi driver?

To qualify you must:

  • Have held a full driving licence for 12 months prior to the date of application;
  • Complete a hackney carriage drivers licence application form;
  • Complete a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) application form (if applicable). This is required every 3 years and in the intervening years a self-certification form must be completed declaring that no further convictions have been obtained since the last CRB check;
  • Provide a medical certificate (required every 3 years unless otherwise stated) from his/her doctor, certifying that the applicant is fit to drive a private hire vehicle;
  • Provide a full current driving licence (both photo card and counterpart);
  • Provide 2 x passport size photographs of the applicant;
  • Provide a valid Passport (if applicable);
  • Provide your Birth Certificate ;
  • Provide your Marriage Certificate (if applicable);
  • Provide your National Insurance Number.
Where can I read the Licensing Act 2003?

Full details about licensing can be found here.

 

Where can I find out about alcohol licensing?

The Home Office has a good section on their website which guides you through when you need to have a licence and details of how to apply.