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Taxi Licensing Solicitors London

We act for both the individual minicab drivers as well as for minicab operating firms. If you require any help or advice about any aspect of Taxi licensing, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (PHVs) in London

Any person hoping to become a taxi driver or private hire driver in London must first apply for an enhanced criminal records check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before then applying to Transport for London (Tfl) for the correct licence. There are two licences to choose from,

  • the all London licence or « green badge », allowing one to work in all of London,
  • the suburban licence or « yellow badge » which restricts one to working in the suburbs of London.

Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (PHVs) Outside of London

A taxi driver or PHV driver outside of London must satisfy the requirements of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) as well as those of the Local Authority.

The DVLA requires both taxi drivers and PHV drivers to hold an ordinary driving license that covers category B, and which therefore enables them to drive vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes, carrying up to eight passengers.

The Local Authority has the discretion to decide on the licensing conditions that apply to both taxis and PHV drivers, and so these can vary considerably from one area to the next. However, a number of councils throughout England and Wales have adopted conditions similar to those imposed upon drivers in London. These conditions may include a criminal records check, a comprehensive topographic examination, a medical test (it is up to the local councils to determine the standards and various requirements), a driving test, and/or a check on the financial standing of prospective proprietors.

A far as a PHV is concerned, the council must be satisfied that the vehicle is of a suitable size, type and design for use as a private hire vehicle, that it is in a suitable mechanical condition, that it is safe and that it is comfortable.

Any person that feels that the conditions attached to the licence are in anyway discriminatory may appeal to a Magistrates’ Court.

 

How we can help

We advise on all aspects of Taxi and Private Hire vehicle licensing law and act for both the individual minicab drivers as well as for minicab operating firms. If you require any help or advice about any aspect of Taxi licensing, please do contact us.

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