All vehicles involved in taxi hire need to be licensed. The licence required will depend on how you wish to use the vehicle.
To find out about the vehicle and signage specifications for a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle, and about licence conditions, please see our Joint Taxi Licensing Policy.
If you want to operate a taxi which can be hailed at a taxi rank, or flagged down in the street, then you will need a hackney carriage licence. Hackney carriages can also accept private bookings.
Hackney carriages must have a ‘taxi’ roof sign and charge a fare on a meter installed in the vehicle that is set to our tariff.
Private hire vehicles must be booked in advance through a licensed private hire operator and the fare should be agreed at the time of booking.
Private hire vehicles cannot use taxi ranks or accept passengers who try to flag the vehicle down.
We issue a licence plate to all taxis operating in the Vale of White Horse district, this must be displayed on the rear of the vehicle.
Before we grant a vehicle licence, the applicant must provide evidence of insurance for hire and reward for either public hire (hackney carriage) or private hire use.
All vehicles are inspected for roadworthiness to a standard higher than a regular MOT.
This test comprises all of the MOT elements plus an additional set of criteria for Hackney carriages and private hire vehicles.