Private hire drivers licence

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Types of Private Hire and Hackney Carriage driving licences

Private hire driver licence

  • an applicant must be a fit and proper person and has held a full driver's licence for at least 12 months.
  • you can apply for just a private hire drivers licence and work for a private hire operator who has private hire vehicles
  • you can apply for a private hire drivers licence and a private hire vehicle licence and work for a private hire operator
  • you can apply for a private hire drivers licence, a private hire vehicle licence and a private hire operator's licence.
  • all three licences - private hire drivers, vehicle and operator's licence must be held by the same Licensing Authority. It is an offence to operate a private hire vehicle and private hire drivers licence without a private hire operator licence.

Hackney carriage

  • An applicant must be a fit and proper person and has held a full driver's licence for at least 12 months.
  • You can apply for just a hackney carriage drivers licence and work for a Proprietor who holds a hackney carriage vehicle licence.
  • You can apply for a hackney carriage drivers licence and hackney carriage vehicle licence and work for your self.

Dual

  • A Dual licence holder can drive both Hackney and Private Hire Vehicles.

Before you submit your application

Knowledge test

When applying for a Hackney Carriage Drivers Badge, Private Hire Drivers Badge or Dual Badge you will need to pass the knowledge test before you submit your application.

You will need to complete a booking form for a knowledge test slot to be allocated to you and pay the current knowledge test fee (£40).

Booking form

You will then be sent the revision material by email and around two weeks before the test you will be sent a formal invite letter by email.

Once you have passed the knowledge test you are then able to submit an application.

Application Requirements

Forms

Taxi Driving Assessment

To book your Taxi Driving Assessment please contact Green Penny using the below link -

http://www.greenpenny.co.uk/taxi-assessment-booking-form

Medical

When you have submitted a valid application we will send you details of how to take your medical. You must pass a vocational driving medical at the councils allocated medical centre or your own doctor (medical required on application, then every 3 years and then yearly after the age of 65 or at any other time required by the Council following a doctors recommendation).

Fees

  • A three year hackney carriage or private hire licence will cost £234 which includes £44 for the Disclosure & Barring Service Enhanced Application.
  • A dual three year licence will cost £259 which includes £44 for the Disclosure & Barring Service Enhanced Application.

You can pay by cash, credit card or cheque, made payable to "Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council" or "TMBC".

Issuing of a licence

When all of the above have been successfully completed and reviewed by an officer, the applicant will be issued with a badge together with a paper licence.

Please Note - Applications and enquiries at reception are accepted between 10:00 - 12:00 Monday to Friday at the Council Offices.

When determine applications, Tonbridge & Malling Licensing Department will have regard to the Guidance issued by the Institute of Licensing - Guidance on determining the suitability of applicants. This can be viewed below -

  • Guidance on determining the suitability of applicants

Associated Legislation

Further Information and to report any concerns