Applying for a Hackney Carriage Driver's Licence:
All drivers of Hackney Carriage Vehicles must hold a hackney carriage drivers license, (which must be renewed annually), in order for them to operate legally.In order for such a licence to be granted, the applicant must satisfy Chiltern District council, (by means of a standard application form and other related documents), that they are "Fit and Proper" Persons. A "Fit and Proper" person must;
(I) be medically fit
(ii) have no criminal convictions or pending court appearances as
detailed in the relevant Home Office Circulars and Chiltern District
Council Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing Policy
(iii) not be entered on Sex Offenders Register
(iv) be an experienced driver
(v) pass a specific Hackney Carriage knowledge test.
Note: A valid full DVLA/EU drivers licence (Groups A and B) must have been held for a period of three years prior to application
Applying for a Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence:
A Hackney Carriage vehicle is commonly known as a taxi. A Hackney Carriage Vehicle can be a saloon car, a people carrier, a London-style black cab, or one of a number of purpose built wheelchair accessible vehicles produced for the UK market. A licence is required (which must be renewed annually), for any such vehicle that will ply for hire, be flagged down or hired at a taxi rank. The cost of a journey will be based on the set rates per mile published by Chiltern District Council. Every vehicle must have a meter, and this meter must be used for every booking.
Hackney Carriage vehicles (like private hire vehicles), may accept concessionary fare cards. A sign must be displayed within the vehicle, if they are registered on the scheme. Please check with the driver that they are accepting concessionary cards prior to commencing any journey. All hackney carriage vehicles must, at all times display a roof sign advertising the fact that it is a taxi, and a white licence plate (to the rear of the vehicle) issued at the time of licensing. They must also display a smaller internal plate, at all times. A deposit is required before this plate is issued, which will be returned when the plate is returned. Hackney carriage vehicles (like private hire vehicles), are required to carry hearing and other assistant dogs free of charge. Some vehicles may however, be exempt and must display their exemption certificate clearly.
A licence will only be issued if Chiltern District Council is satisfied that all the conditions for suitability are met, based on the Councils Policy.