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Hackney Carriages, Taxis and Private Hire

Taxis and Private Hire Licensing

The contents of these pages are provided as an information guide only. They are not a full and authoritative statement of the law and do not constitute professional or legal advice. Any statements on these pages do not replace, extend, amend or alter in any way the statutory provisions of the Taxi and Private Hire - (Town Police Clauses Act 1847, Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 and Transport Act 1980), any subordinate legislation made under it, or statutory guidance issued in relation to it. Teignbridge District Council accepts no responsibility for any errors, omissions or misleading statements on these pages, or any site to which these pages refer. In particular, it must be noted that, although Teignbridge District Council has made every effort to ensure that the information in these pages is correct; changes in the law and the nature of implementation mean that the information in these pages cannot be guaranteed as accurate.

Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy

This policy, with minor amendments, was approved on 7 February 2007 and amended in March 2008 adding information regarding trailers, stretched limousines and specialist vehicles and will be reviewed three yearly unless there are any changes in legislation.

Information available in the download section or if you would prefer a hard copy of this policy, please contact a member of the Licensing Section.

Vehicles, Operators and Drivers

This Council has a statutory power to licence Hackney Carriages, Private Hire operators, vehicles and drivers.

If you wish to use vehicles to ply for hire for passengers direct from the street you will require a Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence and a Hackney Carriage Driver's Licence.

Alternatively, pre-booked vehicles fall within Private Hire legislation. These vehicles are required to have a Private Hire Vehicle Licence and for the driver to have a Private Hire Vehicle Driver's Licence.

In addition the person making the provision for the acceptance of the bookings will require a Private Hire Vehicle Operator's Licence.

Further information is available in the download section.


Information is available in the download section.

If you require any further information please contact the Licensing Section (available in the download section).

'If you require these forms in another language, print size or colour, Braille, BSL, as an email attachment, on audio tape or disk - telephone 01626 215818 or email info@teignbridge.gov.uk

This authority is under a duty to protect the public funds it administers and to this end may use the information you have provided on these forms for the prevention and detection of fraud.  It may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes. For further information on this please click here:  National Fraud Initiative (NFI)