Apply for, renew or transfer a Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence.

Hackney Carriage Vehicle

Only a hackney carriage can be pre-booked and ply for hire on the streets or on Council-nominated ranks.

It is illegal for any other vehicle to ply for hire including private hire vehicles, which are often referred to a taxis or cabs. 

A hackney carriage can be clearly identified by the following:

A licence plate located at the rear of the vehicle stating:

  • Licence number of the vehicle
  • The registration number of the vehicle
  • The make, model and colour of the vehicle
  • The licence expiry date
  • The maximum number of passengers to be carried at any one time.

A roof sign, which should be illuminated at times when the vehicle is available for hire, a licence badge at the front of the vehicle (will be located inside the vehicle) listing the registration number, the licence number and the expiry date of the licence, and window stickers on the rear passenger seat windows.

Applications

Vehicles must comply with all relevant licensing and pre-licensing conditions.

Applicants are strongly advised to contact the Licensing Team to discuss the suitability of your vehicle before making your application.

To submit an application the following documents are required:

  • Completed application form
  • Fee
  • Valid vehicle insurance certificate including cover for hire and reward/public hire
  • Proof of public liability insurance cover (original certificate or cover note)
  • Vehicle Registration Certificate (V5)
  • Taxi Vehicle Test Report
  • MOT Certificate (issued within the last 30 days) and interim MOT if renewal application
  • A vehicle test certificate in accordance with the FTA testing standards (issued within the last 30 days) and interim FTA inspection certificate if renewal application
  • Confirmation of the Vehicle Euro - NCAP Rating. This can be found here.

Once the applicant has all of these documents they will need to complete an application, pay the appropriate fee and if the vehicle is more than 10 years old must make an appointment to attend a vehicle inspection at the Council.

For more information regarding vehicle licensing requirements please see section 17 of the policy which can be found in the downloads section of this page.

If you would like information on licensing wheelchair accessible vehicles please click here.

Please contact licensing by emailing licensing@swdevon.gov.uk

The application form and guidance can be found in the Downloads on the right side of this page.

Fees

For fees please see the Licensing Fees pages.