Hackney Carriage & Private Hire

 

Hackney Carriage and Private Hire vehicles
Hackney Carriage and Private Hire drivers
Private Hire Operators

The Licensing Authority is required by law to issue licences for hackney carriages and private hire vehicles to ensure that licensed vehicles are safe and comfortable and their drivers are fit and proper persons as stated in the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976.

Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicles

A 'Hackney Carriage' is more commonly called a ‘Taxi’.  A Hackney Carriage Vehicle licence is required for any vehicle with 8 passenger seats or less that will ply for hire, be flagged down or hired at a taxi rank.

Private Hire vehicles are only available by prior booking and through a Private Hire operator's office. They are not allowed on 'taxi' ranks and cannot be used to ply for hire. Members of the public cannot flag them down.

Local authorities are able to adopt local pre licensing requirements and conditions to ensure that licensed vehicles are safe and comfortable.  Conditions in respect of licensed vehicles also ensure that vehicles are easily identifiable to members of the public. 

A Hackney Carriage in Neath Port Talbot will have the following characteristics -

  • Black in colour
  • Have green signs fitted to the drivers and passengers front doors indicating the vehicle licence number
  • Have a green plate fitted to the rear of the vehicle indicating
    • Vehicle licence number
    • Permitted number of passengers
    • Expiry date of the licence

A Private Hire vehicle in Neath Port Talbot will have the following characteristics -

  • Can be any colour except black
  • Have blue signs fitted to the drivers and passengers front doors indicating the vehicle licence number
  • Have a blue plate fitted to the rear of the vehicle indicating
    • Vehicle licence number
    • Permitted number of passengers
    • Expiry date of the licence 

Conditions, guidance and application forms

Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Drivers

Every person who drives a hackney carriage or private hire must hold the appropriate driver licence.   A licensed driver is in a position of great responsibility, they are entrusted with the safety of their passengers and will often be working with young children and vulnerable adults. A licensed driver often creates the first impression of the County Borough for its visitors.

Licensed drivers have to go through a rigourous application process to ensure that they are a fit and proper person.  This involves an enhanced criminal record check, A group 2 medical assessment and an examination testing an applicants knowledge of taxi law and the local area.  

Licensed drivers wear a photographic identity badge at all times when they are working.  Badges issued by Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council are white in colour and display the driver's photograph, their unique driver number and the expiry date of the badge. 

Conditions, guidance and application forms

Private Hire Operators

A Private Hire Operators Licence is required by anyone who accepts or invites bookings made for private hire vehicles. A licensed private hire driver cannot accept fares unless it has first been booked through a licensed operator. Operators are required to keep a register or permanent book giving details of every booking taken, these records may be inspected by the Council or Police at any time.

All Private Hire vehicles are required to work under the umbrella of an Operators Licence. If working for a company you must ensure that the vehicle being used is registered on their Operators Licence. If working for yourself it is necessary to obtain your own Operators Licence

Conditions, guidance and application forms

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Last Updated: 13.10.2014 at 15:04

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