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        Hackney carriage and private hire vehicle licensing

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        Hackney Carriage 
        Please be advised that no visual is need for Hackney carriage vehicles this month all that  will need to be done is your compliance,  please bring this  into the Gateway to be updated by the 30th September.

        Hackney Carriage and Private Hire driver application forms

        Application forms for new and renewal applications are now available on this website.

        DBS forms can be picked up from the Gateway and information regarding the Visitor Ambassador Training can be obtained from the Visitor Information Centre.

        Changes to the Law regarding Wheelchair Users

        From 06 April 2017 taxi and private hire vehicle drivers will be obliged by law to:

        • transport wheelchair users in their wheelchair
        • provide passengers in wheelchairs with appropriate assistance
        • charge wheelchair users the same as non-wheelchair users

        The new rules will apply in England, Wales and Scotland affecting only vehicles that are designated as wheelchair accessible and will apply to both taxis and private hire vehicles. Taxi drivers face a fine of up to £1,000 if they refuse to transport wheelchair users or attempt to charge them extra in a change to the law announced 07 February 2017 by the Transport Minister Andrew Jones.

         

        Licensed Drivers

        Don’t forget to bring your DBS check into the Gateway, Margate as soon as you receive it in order for your licence to be updated and issued.

        We no longer receive copies direct.  If this is not done your licence could be suspended.

         

        Hackney carriage or private hire vehicle licence

        A licence is required for vehicles seating up to 8 passengers and which can be used to pick up people in the street or from a taxi rank

        Applications must be accompanied by the following documentation:

        • provision of suitable vehicle insurance
        • certificate of compliance – list of approved garages
        • proof of ownership
        • visual examination & meter test

        Download Application Forms

        Renewal

        Annual renewal required forms can be downloaded below.

        Private Hire prompt renewal – before 31st May – £202.00

        Private Hire late renewal – 1st June onwards – £282.00

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        New hackney carriage or private hire vehicle driver license

        A licence is required to drive a hackney carriage vehicle

        The following will be considered when the application is being evaluated:

        • Criminal records check every 3 years
        • Medical to Group 2 standard every 3 years
        • Undertaken and passed Knowledge test – there is a £26.00 charge for each test taken

        How do I apply

        Click here to download Private Hire Application Form

        Click here to download Hackney Carriage Application Form

        Relevant Fees: £246 (this includes)

        • Driver application fee (£174.00)
        • Enhanced DBS check (£44.00) – this form is available from the Gateway Margate
        • Initial knowledge test – (£26.00)
        • Badge – (£2.00)

        The completed forms and supporting documents need to be handed in at Thanet Gateway, Cecil Street, Margate, Kent.

        Initial Issue

        Initial issue is for 1 year

        Renewal

        Renewal, including further criminal records check and medical, after initial 1 year issue is for 3 years

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        Renewal of hackney carriage or private hire vehicle driver license

        A licence is required to drive a hackney carriage vehicle

        The following will be considered when the application is being evaluated:

        • Criminal records check every 3 years
        • Medical to Group 2 standard every 3 years
        • Undertaken and passed Knowledge test – there is a £26.00 charge for each test taken

        How do I apply

        Click here to download Private Hire Renewal Form

        Click here to download Hackney Carriage Renewal Form

        Relevant Fees: £136 (this includes)

        • Prompt renewal fee
        • Enhanced DBS check – this form can be picked up from the Gateway Margate.

        The completed forms and supporting documents need to be handed into Thanet Gateway, Cecil Street, Margate, Kent

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        Private hire vehicle operator license

        A Licence is required to act as an Operater for private hire vehicles

        Procedure

        • (Planning to be informed of intention before licence is issued)

        Applications must be accompanied by the following documentation:

        • relevant fees

        How do I apply

        Please contact us for:

        • application form
        • relevant fees

        Renewal

        Five yearly renewal

        For licensing advice or information, please

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