Chelmsford City Council

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If you are operating a taxi or minicab, your vehicle needs to have an inspection every six months, and pass an MOT annually.

  1. Taxi inspections

  2. MOTs

  

1. Taxi inspections

We offer taxi inspections at our Freighter House test centre.

You need to book a timeslot for your inspection online, before you arrive at the test centre.

To book a taxi inspection, you will need:

  • to make your booking at least 12 hours before you need the inspection

  • your name, address and contact details

  • your vehicle registration

  • the make and model of your vehicle

  • your taxi inspection number

  • to tell us whether your vehicle is a private hire or hackney carriage, and is petrol or diesel

  • to pay the £61 fee, using a debit or credit card. We don't accept American Express

Once we receive your booking, we will:

  • acknowledge your booking and payment automatically by email and text message

  • confirm your timeslot

  • send you a reminder 24 hours before your inspection

On the day of your inspection, you will need to:

  • arrive 15 minutes before your timeslot at:

Freighter House
Drovers Way
Chelmsford
CM2 5PH

  • report to the public reception area when you arrive

  • wait in the public reception area while we carry out your inspection

If you cancel your inspection less than 24 hours before your appointment, we will still charge you the full amount.

 

Failing your inspection or MOT

If your vehicle fails the inspection or MOT, you need to take it for repair.

We will carry out a free re-test after repairs if you return within 10 working days of the failure date.

You will still need to book a timeslot before you return for the free re-test.
  

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