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Policy Private hire vehicle, operator and driver licensing policy

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1. Private hire vehicle licence

  1. The application form must be completed to our satisfaction and accompanied by the appropriate fee.
  2.  Insurance cover (to be the minimum of £250,000) in accordance with Part VI of the Road Traffic Act 1988 must be effected in respect of the vehicle and evidence thereof produced to us with the application form.  Such insurance cover must extend to include use of the vehicle for purposes of private hire.
  3. A Department of Transport certificate, if appropriate, as to the condition of the vehicle shall be produced.
  4. The vehicle registration document must be produced in support of each application for a licence or renewal of licence.
  5. The application form shall be accompanied by a completed and satisfactory Vehicle Inspection Report in a form approved by us and relating to safety, comfort and mechanical condition of the vehicle, which form shall be completed by a person entitled to issue a Department of Transport test certificate.
  6. That subject to paragraph 7 below, on initial licensing with us as private hire, a vehicle shall not be more than four years old from the date of first registration as shown on the registration document.  Licences for vehicles beyond eight years of age shall be renewed subject to a satisfactory Vehicle Inspection Report being obtained every six months.
  7. That applications for initial licensing of older specialist classic cars, of a type approved by the chief executive in consultation with the chairman or vice-chairman of the council's committee or sub-committee responsible for the licensing of private hire vehicles at the time, may be granted for private hire purposes only.
  8.  The minimum engine capacity of vehicles is to be 1300 cc.
  9. Cars must have a minimum of four doors.
  10.  The application for renewal of a vehicle licence shall be made not later than seven days before expiry of the current licence, except where the vehicle is awaiting repair or test arising from mechanical breakdown or accident before the said period of seven days and is not being used, whereupon application for renewal shall be made not later than 28 days after expiry of the current licence.  In every other case applications shall be treated as for the initial grant of a licence.
  11.  Subject to the provisions of Section 70 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976, the fee for the grant of a licence shall be as determined by us.

When this policy has been published and will be reviewed

Policy published 27 February 2006 (due for review by 1 August 2015)