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Hackney carriage / private hire vehicle licences

The District Council is responsible for the licensing of Hackney Carriages and Private Hire Vehicles within the district of Derbyshire Dales.

Am I eligible?

To drive either a Hackney Carriage or Private Hire Vehicle licensed by Derbyshire Dales District Council, the driver must hold an appropriate taxi driver's licence issued by Derbyshire Dales District Council.

To get a vehicle licensed by Derbyshire Dale District Council you must first decide whether the vehicle that you are going to drive is to be a Hackney Carriage or Private Hire Vehicle. The main differences between Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicles are as follows:-

Hackney Carriage or Private Hire?

Hackney Carriage Vehicle

  • Can wait at designated taxi ranks.
  • Can ply for hire or be flagged down.
  • Must be driven by a licensed Hackney Carriage driver at all times.
  • Must display a small yellow internal plate in the front windscreen, a large yellow door sticker which identifies the license number of the vehicle and a large yellow plate adjacent to the rear number plate.
  • Must be fitted with a meter set to the District Council's Table of Maximum Fares, which must be on display.
  • Must meet the requirements of the District Council's Taxi Licensing policy. [PDF 234KB]

Private Hire Vehicle

  • All fares must be pre-booked with the Operator.
  • Must be driven by a licensed Private Hire Vehicle Driver.
  • Do not have their fares regulated by the Council. It is advisable to agree the fare prior to the journey commencing.
  • Must display a small green and yellow internal plate in the front windscreen, a large yellow and greed door sicker which identifies the licence number of the vehicle and a large green and yellow plate adjacent the rear number plate.
  • Must meet the requirements of the District Council's Taxi Licensing policy [PDF 234KB]

Regulation summary

A Hackney Carriage Vehicle licence is issued under the provisions of the Town Police Clauses Act 1847, the Public Health Act 1875, Public Health Act 2006 and the Part 11 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976). The Licence Holder is also required to comply with the provisions of the Transport Act 1985, vehicle specifications  [PDF 68.6KB] and Vehicle Licence conditions contained in the District Council's Taxi Licensing Policy [PDF 234KB]

A Private Hire Vehicle licence is issued under the provisions of Part 11 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976) and Public Health Act 2006. The Licence Holder is also required to comply with the vehicle specifications  [PDF 68.6KB] and vehicle licence conditions  [PDF 68.6KB] contained in the District Council's Taxi Licensing Policy [PDF 234KB]

Maximum Age of Vehicles

It is the district council's policy to licence vehicles that are under 10 years old.

One exception to this is the purpose built London style taxis, which will be allowed up until eleven years of age. The age of the vehicle will be determined by the period of registration. . If you are in doubt or need clarification regarding the maximum age limit allowed then please contact us.

Application forms

Please do not post your application, you must make an appointment to submit it in person by telephoning the Licensing Section on 01629 761313.

  • Application form for a new Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Vehicle licence - PDF [93.5KB] / Word [170KB]

The application form must be submitted with the following documents:

  • Proof of ownership (V5/55 Log book)
  • Proprietorship Requisition Declaration - PDF [77.5KB] / Word [172KB]
  • A valid insurance certificate

The vehicles are tested at six monthly intervals by the District Council's own staff at our depot based on Harrison Way, Darley Dale, Derbyshire, DE4 2LF.

Vehicle Testing

Vehicles will be required to undertake an inspection to ensure compliance with the policy requirements on vehicle specifications  [PDF 68.6KB] and licence conditions [PDF 68.6] before a licence is granted  Appointments can be arranged for a vehicle to be tested by contacting the Licensing Department.  Prior to submitting the vehicle for testing, you must ensure that the vehicle is in good condition, i.e. mechanically sound, bodywork in a satisfactory condition and the engine and full chassis steam cleaned.  Owners of vehicles will be subject to a re-test fee in respect of vehicles that do not pass the inspection test and have to be re-submitted for a second test.  When a vehicle is successfully tested it should be licensed with the Council as soon as practical.

What happens when I have obtained my Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Vehicle licence?

Once you have obtained your Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Vehicle licence, your vehicle can only be driven by drivers who hold a Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Vehicle drivers licence issued by Derbyshire Dales District Council.

Your licence will be valid for one year only and will be subject to a condition that the vehicle is tested at the Council's depot 6 months after the date of the licence. You will be required to renewal your licence at least 10 working days before it expires. You will also be required to comply with the District Council's conditions [PDF 68.6KB] that apply to all licensed vehicles.

It is important that you read and fully understand the conditions because if you breach the conditions your licence can be suspended or in some cases revoked. You should also familiarise yourself with meeting the needs of disabled customers.

Buying and selling a licensed vehicle

Anyone who buys or sells a licensed vehicle must notify the Council within seven days, in writing.

The Council need to know the details of the new owner of the car and also the previous owner's details. There is no need to re-test the vehicle at this stage but you will be required to complete an application form for vehicle transfer [PDF 97.3KB / Word 170KB]  and pay the appropriate Fee [PDF 30.9MB].

Lost plates

Make enquiries with the police and also notify the Council in writing of the fact that you have lost your plates. There is a standard charge for replacement of your plates which has to be charged if you cannot recover your originals.

How long does the vehicle licence last for?

Your licence will be valid for one year only. The Council will endeavour to send you a renewal reminder 8 weeks before the expiry date.  This reminder is a courtesy service only and it is ultimately your responsibility to make sure that your licence doesn't expire. Please do not post your application, you must make an appointment to bring your renewal application in person by telephoning the Licensing Section.

Download Application forms

  • Application for a new Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Vehicle licence - PDF [93.5KB] / Word [170KB]
  • Renewal Application for a Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Vehicle licence - PDF [97.3KB] / Word [170KB]
  • Proprietorship declaration form - PDF [77.5KB] / Word [172KB]
  • Licence Fees [PDF 80KB]

Please check that you have the following listed documents when you are ready to submit your application:

Completed and signed application form

  • Vehicle Registration Document (V5/V55)
  • Valid insurance document
  • MOT certificate (If applicable)
  • The appropriate fee.

If you require any further information, please contact us or if you're passing, drop into our Reception where our staff will be happy to help

If you have any suggestions or opinions with regard to any of the licenses mentioned on this page, please contact us.

Licensing

Town Hall, Bank Road
Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 3NN
01629 761313
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