Two types of licensed taxi operate in Tonbridge and Malling: Hackney Carriage vehicles, which can stand on a taxi rank or be hailed from the street, and private hire vehicles, which must be booked prior to the journey. This can be done over the telephone or by attending the office of a taxi operator.
Telephone numbers for private hire taxi operators are available in the Phone Book and Yellow Pages under Taxis and Private Hire. Please be aware that private hire vehicles are uninsured to carry passengers if they pick up from the street without being pre-booked and are unable to wait at taxi ranks for passengers.
Hackney Carriages and private hire cars, their drivers and operators must all be individually licensed to operate. Licenses are issued by the council annually and there are a number of conditions which must be met before a licence can be issued, including vehicle maximum age limit and driver medical checks. More information, including licence fees and licence application forms, is available in the taxi licensing section of the website.
Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Policy
The Policy was adopted by Full Council at its meeting on 4 November 2014 and came into force on 1 December 2014.