Taxi driver and vehicle renewals
If your taxi driver or vehicle licence is due for renewal on 31st October 2016 please return your application form and supporting documents in time. It usual takes 5 working days to renew a licence but it may take longer if your DBS has to be checked or at times of high work load. Licenses will automatically expire if not renewed.
To operate as a taxi driver both the driver and vehicle need to be licensed. You can be licensed as a hackney carriage driver, who drives licenced hackney carriage. A licenced private hire driver drives a licenced private hire vehicle.
What is the difference between hackney carriage and private hire
As a hackney carriage driver you can make yourself available for immediate hire on a designated hackney carriage rank, and you can also be waved down whilst the vehicle is being driven. As a hackney carriage driver you can also carry pre-booked customers.
As a private hire driver, you must operate through a private hire operator and can only carry pre-booked customers. You can't make yourself available for immediate hire in the way that hackney carriage vehicles can.