The Licensing office is only open for personal callers Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 10am and 12midday and Friday between 1pm and 4pm. Outside of these times an appointment will need to be made with a member of the Licensing team.
The Licensing Authority has a legal obligation to prevent persons from applying for and being granted Taxi and Private Hire Driver and Operator Licences when they do not have the right or entitlement to work in the UK. In other words the person/applicant does not hold the correct immigration status to work in the UK, or has only a time limited status to work in the UK. The guidance shown on the following document "Guidance To Prevent Illegal Working In The Taxi And Private Hire Sector" has been sent out to Licensing Authorities from the Home Office, but clearly defines for applicants what documents they will be asked to produce by the Licensing Authority when submitting an application for a Taxi or Private Hire Driver or Operator Licence. In particular you are advised to look at the documents shown in Annex A page 25 of the guidance document linked above, as you will be asked to provide the original of one of these documents to support your right to work in the UK and in order for the Licensing Authority to be able to process and grant your Taxi or Private Hire Driver or Operation Application. We will not and cannot process or grant an application without all of the relevant and necessary documentation being in place and in accordance with the documentation shown on Annex A page 25 of the guidance linked above.
Face coverings in Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicles
New rules requiring you to wear a face covering in a taxi came into force across England from Thursday 24 September 2020.
All hackney carriage and private hire vehicles are included in the regulations.
You must observe social contact rules when using taxis and private hire vehicles in England.
You must wear a face covering when using taxis or private hire vehicles. A taxi driver or private hire vehicle operator will be entitled to refuse to accept you if you do not wear a face covering.
The risk of transmission is small at 2 metres and where possible, you should maintain 2 metres distance.
If you cannot keep a 2 metre distance, reduce the risk to yourself and others by maintaining a 1 metre distance where possible, and taking suitable precautions.
Follow the advice of the operator and driver. For example, you may be asked to sit in the back left-hand seat if travelling alone. You may want to check with your taxi or private hire operator before travelling if they have put any additional measures in place.
You should use contactless payment if possible, or find out if you can pay online in advance.
Be aware of the surfaces you touch. Be careful not to touch your face. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or the inside of your elbow when coughing or sneezing.
When finishing your journey wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or sanitise your hands as soon as possible.
If you wish to drive a Hackney Carriage Vehicle (usually known as a 'taxi') or a Private Hire Vehicle (sometimes known as a 'minicab') you will need to apply for a Driver's Licence for that particular category of vehicle. If you wish to drive both types of vehicle, this can be done under the dual Hackney Carriage Driver Licence, however you will need to hold an Operator’s Licence to do this. If you hold a licence for a Private Hire Driver you will not be able to work as a Hackney Carriage Driver. You should think carefully before you apply for your licence, as the licences are not interchangeable.
For further information on what is necessary to be granted a hackney carriage/private hire drivers licence in the Tendring District and the process that is required for all new applicants, please click for an information leaflet on the link below.
As part of the process to qualify for the grant of a new hackney carriage/private hire drivers licence in the Tendring District, all new driver licence applicants are required to pass a suitability test and also a driver knowledge test. Information on both is contained in the guidance leaflet for new driver licence applicants which as you will have seen is also shown as a link on this web page. Both tests are completed by applicants using a computer and are carried out in the Council’s offices at Weeley by appointment. Questions for both tests are multiple choice and the driver knowledge test is modular. If you fail any part of the driver knowledge test you can re-sit the parts that you have failed on at a later date. For further and more detailed information on the new driver suitability test and new driver knowledge test please click on the links shown below.
Drivers who hold a current Hackney or Private Hire Drivers Licence issued by Tendring District Council are able to apply to licence a vehicle for the relevant use. This Council does not permit “dual licences” therefore a vehicle can only be licensed for use as a Hackney Carriage or a Private Hire Vehicle only.
Forms for vehicle renewals will be sent to the licence holder together with an invoice for the renewal fee one month prior to the current licence expiry date. Please be aware that application forms which are submitted before an invoice has been issued will not be accepted.
For more information on licensing a vehicle and to download the application forms please click on the links below.
Private Hire Operator Licence
If you intend to plate your own Private Hire Vehicle and work completely on your own, you will need to have a Private Hire Operator's Licence which is valid for five years and allows the use of one vehicle. If you decided to plate another vehicle, a further fee would be required for that vehicle. If you intend to plate your own vehicle and operate it under another person's Private Hire Operator's Licence, you may do so, provided the Operator declares this and pays the appropriate fee if this is needed. Your Driver's application form will require you to state whether you will be working out of your own premises, or using someone else's office.
Forms for private hire operator licence renewal applications are not available online as these are sent to the licence holder together with an invoice for the renewal fee one month prior to the current licence expiry date. Please be aware that application forms which are submitted before an invoice has been issued will not be accepted.
Acts Of Parliament
- The main Acts of Parliament governing Hackney and Carriage and Private Hire Licensing are:-
- Town Police Clauses Act 1847
- Local Government [Miscellaneous Provisions] Act 1976
- Transport Act 1985
There are several other Acts that also have an effect on this type of licensing that are too numerous to list here. However, if you have a query that cannot be satisfactorily dealt with by consulting the above legislation, please contact our Licensing Section
Copies of all legislation can be obtained from The Stationery Office
This is the design of the new taxi plate that the Licensing and Registration Committee agreed to at their meeting of 5 October 2016 and has been used as from 1 January 2017. All existing taxi drivers were notified of the change in the newsletter sent out to the taxi trade in November. For any further details see the full committee report and minutes of the meeting of the 5 October or contact the licensing team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Safety on the Streets
Is a guide for hackney carriage and private hire drivers which has been produced jointly by the Essex Safeguarding Children Board, Southend and Thurrock Safeguarding Children Boards and Essex Police. It gives helpful and valuable information on how to protect your passengers and also yourselves, family and friends from issues such as child sexual exploitation, domestic violence and abuse against males as well as females and human trafficking. It also contains contact telephone numbers for various support agencies that may be of assistance if ever needed.
Immigration, Asylum & Nationality Act 2006
To comply with the Immigration, Asylum & Nationality Act 2006 this Council is required to check your eligibility to live and work in the UK. You will be required to confirm that you are able to live and work in the UK and that on request, you will be able to provide evidence of this.
The full application pack for grant applications are not available online as these cannot be issued without an application request form and the fee of £30 (which is off-set against the full application fee) being submitted beforehand.
Forms for driver renewal applications are not available online as these are sent to the licence holder together with an invoice for the renewal fee one month prior to the current licence expiry date. Please be aware that application forms which are submitted before an invoice has been issued will not be accepted.