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Hackney Carriage and Private Hire - Latest Updates
Updated: 13 April 2018

Latest updates

This page will be updated frequently with the latest news for Hackney Carriage and Private Hire licence holders.

Private Hire Vehicle renewals 2018

Visual inspections for private hire vehicle renewals will be held at Barnes car park, opposite Barnes Avenue, Margate on Wednesday 09 and Thursday 10 May 2018.

Times: 09.30am to 11.30am and 1pm to 3pm both days.

Visual inspections for changes of vehicles will only be considered during the afternoon of Thursday 10 May. If you attend at any other time you will be turned away and advised to return between 1pm and 3pm on Thursday 10 May.

The fee for the prompt renewal of a licence will be £202.00 however any late renewals received after 01 June will pay the higher fee of £282.00.

Application forms can be obtained from the Gateway where you may need to provide evidence of continuing insurance and compliance paperwork.

We will only need to see evidence of vehicle ownership if you are changing your vehicle.

The suggested timescale to start the Licensing Procedure is from Monday 14 May 2018 unless changing your vehicle. It must be completed by Thursday 31 May 2018.

Thanet’s Gateway Plus operates a drop-in service between 9am and 12.30pm Monday to Friday.

Appointments need to be made for visits to the Gateway for after 2pm – these can be booked either directly in the Gateway or on 01843 577000 selection option 4 then option 3.

Cash payments may only be made by using a self-serve cash machine located in the Gateway however, staff at the front desk in the Gateway can accept payments by credit or debit card using chip & PIN.

Payment facilities are available during Gateway opening hours.

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 vehicles that are designated as wheelchair accessible and will apply to both taxis and private hire vehicles.

All taxis in London and a significant number in most urban major centres are wheelchair accessible.

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.


Updated: 13 April 2018