North Lincolnshire Council

Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicles

This page provides information on what is required to licence a vehicle or transfer a vehicle licence to another person. You can also request to advertise on a licensed vehicle.

Hackney Carriage and Private Hire vehicles are subject to rigorous checks to ensure mechanical reliability and ensure they provide safety and comfort for passengers and drivers. Licensed vehicles are subject to conditions set out in the Taxi Licensing Policy and are tested and inspected according to the Taxi Compliance Testing Standards handbook.

As proprietors of licensed vehicles have a duty of care in relation to public safety to ensure vehicles are properly maintained, and the potential of taxis to be used as transportation in criminal activities, proprietors must establish they are “fit and proper” to hold a licence. This is performed by obtaining a Basic Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure & Barring Service upon grant or transfer of a vehicle. Holders of a current Hackney Carriage or Private Hire Vehicle Driver Licence issued by North Lincolnshire Council are already considered to be fit and proper, as more stringent tests are applied in the course of obtaining that licence, and will not require a basic disclosure.

Hackney carriage vehicles may ply for hire and pick up fares.

They must carry a yellow square plate displayed on the rear of the vehicle, a top light showing the licence number and side panels on the front doors. The external plate identifies the vehicle, its expiry date and licence number. This information is also displayed on a sticker inside the vehicle, along with tariffs of the maximum fare that can be charged. The side panels identify the licence number.

Vehicles must have undergone a mechanical test and a visual appearance check before gaining a licence.

Vehicles over 5 years old upon the issue of a licence are subject to a further supplementary mechanical test. The licence expiry date is set to expire when a supplementary is due and a separate application is required to renew the licence following a supplementary mechanical.

Downloadable application form:

Fees and charges

You can find the fee for this licence by going to our licence fee register.

MOT Exemption

To tax your vehicle at the post office or DVLA local office you will be required to produce a V112 exemption form.

Equality Act 2010

Under the Equality Act 2010, drivers of Hackney carriage and private hire vehicles have a legal obligation to carry passengers and assistance dogs.  When carrying these passengers, drivers can not charge any more than the metered fare and must allow the assistance dog to remain with the passenger.  The term “assistance dogs” refer to more than just guide dogs for blind people. It includes:

  • Guide dogs for the blind – white harness with yellow fluorescent strips
  • Hearing dogs for the deaf – burgundy jacket
  • Dogs for the disabled (seven years to adult) – yellow jacket
  • Dogs for the disabled (to work with children) – blue harness
  • Canine partners (people with physical impairments) – purple jacket
  • Support dogs (physical and other impairments) – blue jacket

Under the Act, it is an offence for any operator or driver to refuse to carry assistance dogs. On conviction for such an offence, drivers can be fined up to £1,000.

Where a driver has an allergy to dogs, the driver must apply for an exemption from carrying assistance dogs.  If no exemption has been applied for and subsequently granted, then drivers are still required to carry assistance dogs. Where an application is made to the licensing authority for an exemption, it must be supported by medical evidence. The driver with the allergy should be under the care of a specialist consultant and will be required to produce reports from their consultant.

Private hire vehicles are only available for pre-arranged journeys and the fare is agreed before the journey. They may have a meter. These vehicles must not have a top light, sign, illumination or notice that would lead the public to think it was a hackney carriage. Similarly, any advertising for private hire must not refer to taxis or hackney carriages.

Licensed private hire vehicles in North Lincolnshire have a green square external plate, internal sticker and side panels. The external plate identifies the vehicle, its expiry date and licence number. This information is also displayed on a sticker inside the vehicle. The side panels identify the licence number.

Downloadable application form:

Fees and charges:

You can find the fee for this licence by going to our licence fee register.

MOT Exemption

To tax your vehicle at the post office or DVLA local office you will be required to produce a V112 exemption form.

Equality Act 2010

Under the Equality Act 2010, drivers of Hackney carriage and private hire vehicles have a legal obligation to carry passengers and assistance dogs.  When carrying these passengers, drivers can not charge any more than the metered fare and must allow the assistance dog to remain with the passenger.  The term “assistance dogs” refer to more than just guide dogs for blind people. It includes:

  • Guide dogs for the blind – white harness with yellow fluorescent strips
  • Hearing dogs for the deaf – burgundy jacket
  • Dogs for the disabled (seven years to adult) – yellow jacket
  • Dogs for the disabled (to work with children) – blue harness
  • Canine partners (people with physical impairments) – purple jacket
  • Support dogs (physical and other impairments) – blue jacket

Under the Act, it is an offence for any operator or driver to refuse to carry assistance dogs. On conviction for such an offence, drivers can be fined up to £1,000.

Where a driver has an allergy to dogs, the driver must apply for an exemption from carrying assistance dogs.  If no exemption has been applied for and subsequently granted, then drivers are still required to carry assistance dogs. Where an application is made to the licensing authority for an exemption, it must be supported by medical evidence. The driver with the allergy should be under the care of a specialist consultant and will be required to produce reports from their consultant.

Where a licensed vehicle is sold or otherwise transferred to another proprietor, the licence holder must give notice of the transfer within 14 days of the sale.

Downloadable application form

Both parties have to complete a part of this form.  Proof of insurance is also required from the proposed new licence holder. A basic disclosure will also be required under the same circumstances as detailed above.

Fees and charges

You can find the fee for this licence by going to our licence fee register.

Monday to Thursday

9am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 4.30pm

Friday

9am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 4.00pm

Email: licensing@northlincs.gov.uk

Tel: 01724 297750

Licensing Department
PO Box 42
Church Square House
Scunthorpe
DN15 6XQ