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Hackney Carriage Vehicle - Taxi Licence

This particular licence is required for any vehicle that will ply for hire, be flagged down or hired at a taxi rank. A 'Hackney Carriage' is more commonly called a Taxi. We issue licences for taxis and ensure that the vehicles are suitable and adequately insured to ensure high standards of safety. These vehicles have a roof sign and display a white plate on the rear of the vehicle.

How do I apply for a licence?

Before a vehicle is licensed there are various supporting documents that must be provided alongside the word icon application form [42kb]:

  • MOT Certificate
  • Public Hire Insurance Document
  • Craven District Council Garage Test Certificate (all vehicles must be checked by the Council's Garage to ensure high standards of safety)
  • Vehicle Registration Document/Log Book

How do I arrange a Vehicle Test at the Council's Garage?

Call the Licensing Team on 01756 706251 and ask to arrange a test.  Once the vehicle has been tested and has passed you will receive a Council Garage Test Certificate and an MOT Certificate.

How long does a Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence last?

Vehicles less than 6 years old - 1 year

Vehicles over 6 years old - 6 months

Once licensed a taxi is always a taxi until the licence expires.

How much does it cost?

1 Year Licence (includes Plate/ID Card) £303.21
6 Month Licence (includes Plate/ID Card)£180.00
Door Stickers (each)£7.00
Plate Fixing Brackets (optional)£8.80

How long does the process take?

Once the fee has been paid, the vehicle has passed the councils inspection test and you have provided us with the supporting documents then the vehicle licence and identification plates will be issued from the Licensing Department.

How many tests does a Hackney Carriage need a year?

Dependent on the age of the vehicle, interim testing may be required during the period of the licence, as set out below:

Vehicles less than 6 years - Annually
Vehicles over 6 years but less than 10 years old - 6 Monthly

Vehicle Age Limits

A vehicle cannot be licenced as a Hackney Carriage for the first time if it is over 5 years old.

Once a vehicle is 10 years old, it can no longer be renewed as a Licensed Hackney Carriage.

The age of the vehicle will be determined from the date of first registration as stated on the vehicle registration document.

Taxi ranks in the Craven District

The District has four official ranks which are located as follows:-

Swadford Street, Skipton

Waller Hill Car Park Location

Sackville Street Location Map

Hall Street Car Park Crosshills