Hackney Carriage Vehicle

A Hackney Carriage Vehicle can be hired from a taxi rank, hailed in the street or can be pre-booked.

Some of our requirements to consider before licensing your vehicle as a Hackney Carriage are:

  • Once a vehicle is licensed as a Hackney Carriage Vehicle it can only be driven by a driver licensed by South Holland District Council
  • You are unable to drive a South Holland District Council licensed Hackney Carriage Vehicle unless you are licensed as a driver by South Holland District Council
  • Our Become a Taxi Driver page explains how you can drive both a Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicle
  • Your vehicle insurance must include cover for Hackney Carriage Vehicles
  • The vehicle must be suitable for licensing as a Hackney Carriage Vehicle
  • The vehicle must have at least 4 seats
  • The vehicle must have a fire extinguisher on board
  • The vehicle cannot have a roof or boot rack installed
  • The vehicle must be wheelchair accessible
  • The vehicle must be less than five years old
  • The vehicle must display a ' SHDC taxi' top light and have a fare meter installed
  • The vehicle must be tested at one of our approved garages and have a current Certificate of Compliance
  • The vehicle must have a valid Certificate of Insurance which must include the words 'public hire' or 'hackney carriage'
  • A fee of £206.00 is payable, as detailed on the application form

It is illegal for a driver to refuse to carry a guide or assistance dog unless the driver has a medical exemption certificate issued by the Council.  Drivers that refuse to carry a guide or assistance dog and do not have an exemption certificate could face a fine of up to £1000 following a conviction at the Magistrates Court.

All Hackney Carriages, Private Hire Vehicles and Operator's Booking Offices are required to be smoke-free, please read our information and Icon for pdf guidance on smoke free environments [31.19KB].

Icon for pdf Hackney Carriage Vehicle Conditions [18.94KB] are attached to Hackney Carriage Vehicle licences.

How do I apply?

If you are happy to licence the vehicle as a Hackney Carriage, please download the Icon for pdf Taxi & Private Hire Application Form [172.99KB].  If you would prefer the documents to be posted to you, please contact us on 01775 761161 or email licensing@sholland.gov.uk and we will be happy to help.

The following documents can be brought into the Council Offices, Customer Services will check off the documents, seal them into a secure bag and give you a receipt.

  • Completed application form and correct fee
  • Certificate of compliance
  • Vehicle Registration document
  • Vehicle insurance for public hire

Applications will not be accepted without production of the above.

You may want to licence your vehicle as a Private Hire Vehicle, are you aware of what is the difference between a Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicle?.

If you require further information or are unsure if you need a licence please contact us on 01775 761161 or email licensing@sholland.gov.uk