You will need a private hire vehicle licence if you own or drive a private hire vehicle (minicab).
Customers must book private hire vehicles (minicabs) in advance, and can't hail them on the street.
You also need a driver licence, and the person taking your bookings needs an operator licence.
The same authority needs to issue the private hire vehicle licence, the driver licence and the operator licence.
To operate in Chelmsford, all three of the licences need to be from us. Therefore, if you have a private hire vehicle licence from us, you will also need a driver licence from us. You can only accept work from an operator with an operator licence from us.
When you licence your vehicle for the first time, it must be less than four years old. When you renew your licence, your vehicle must not be more than twelve years old.
When you licence your vehicle for the first time, it must:
- pass a mechanical inspection test
- comply with Euro 6 emissions standards
- be less than four years old when first licensed (or if your vehicle is exempt)
- be less than six years old when replaced (unless your vehicle is exempt)