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Private Hire Vehicle - Minicab Licence

Private Hire Vehicles cannot ply for hire in the street or at taxi ranks. Journeys must be pre-booked, normally by phone or in person at a cab office. We are responsible for licensing taxis and private hire vehicles, including their drivers and operators. The main aim is to ensure the safety of the public, by ensuring that the drivers, vehicles and operators that they use are safe, reliable and efficient.

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 [39kb]:

  • 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 Private Hire Vehicle Licence last?

Vehicles less than 6 years old - 1 year

Vehicles over 6 years old - 6 months

Once licensed, a private hire vehicle remains as a private hire vehicle until the licence expires.

How much does it cost?

1 Year Licence (includes Plate/ID Card)£270.94
6 Month Licence (includes Plate/ID Card)£163.00
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 Private Hire Vehicle 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 licensed as a Private Hire Vehicle 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 Private Hire Vehicle.

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