Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicle Licences

The Licensing Team endeavours to ensure the safety and wellbeing of residents & visitors when using Hackney Taxi's and Private Hire vehicles that have been licensed in the Newark & Sherwood District.

The vehicles and drivers are subject to very stringent tests and conditions, which are enforced by the team.

Spot checks are also undertaken throughout the District, often in conjunction with the Police & VOSA.

Hackney Carriages may pick up passengers from any of the authorised taxi ranks in the district, or can be hailed in the street. They may also pick up passengers who have made an advance booking. 

Private Hire Vehicles can only pick up passengers who have made an advance booking through a Licensed Private Hire Operator.

These must be licensed by the local authority.

Hackney Taxi and Private Hire vehicles will have a plate on the rear of the car. This will show the type of vehicle, the number of passengers allowed and the Licence number and expiry date.

The driver should also be wearing a badge with a photo on it together with their badge number. 

Licensing a vehicle

The council must be satisfied that they are mechanically sound, regularly maintained, clean, safe and accessible to the public.  The vehicle must meet the standards as set out in our

For further advise on the requirements of a Hackney Carriage/Private Hire vehicle, please contact the Licensing team on 01636 655280/555984.

 Private Hire Operators

A Private Hire Operators Licence is required in order to be able to accept bookings for Private Hire Vehicles. The Council licence the premises where the provision is made for the acceptance of Private Hire bookings.  All premises must be within the boundaries of the Newark & Sherwood District.

Before an operator’s licence is granted the applicant must satisfy the Council that they are a fit and proper person to hold a licence and that the address from which they intend to operate is suitable and any necessary planning permissions have been obtained. When an Operator intends to work from home any requirement for Planning Consent will take into account the number of vehicles to be operated from the address.

Requirements for a Private Hire Operators Licence are set out in our policy.

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