Hackney Carriage and Private Hire - Latest Updates
Updated: 10 November 2017

Latest updates

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


Private Hire six monthly checks November 2017

Paperwork can be submitted to Thanet's Gateway Plus from Monday 13 November. A drop-in service for visits to the Gateway is operated between 9am and 12.30pm Monday to Friday. Appointments will need to be made for visits to the Gateway for after 2pm. These can be booked directly with Gateway staff or by calling 01843 577000 or 577244.

Extra staff will be available to deal with Licensing on Tuesday 14, Thursday 16, Wednesday 22 and Thursday 30 November

Outstanding Private Hire Plates

A number of private hire vehicles have recently had their licences revoked following the closure of a local private hire operator.

There are a number of private hire plates outstanding that have not been returned to the Council.

The numbers are 185, 340 and 351.

Should anyone be in possession of one of these plates could they please return it to the Council as soon as possible as the vehicle is no longer licensed.

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: 10 November 2017