Taxi and private hire - hackney carriage

Hackney carriages are licensed to ‘ply for hire’, i.e. to pick up passengers in the street or whilst waiting at authorised taxi ranks and may also accept pre-booked fares.

Application forms and prices

Vehicles must be suitable in type, size and design.

We will licence any vehicle manufactured or adapted to carry up to 8 passengers (excluding driver) provided it meets the criteria set in the policy.

We do not permit a licensed vehicle to be licensed with another licensing authority.

There is a restriction on the number of hackney carriage proprietor licences.

Vehicle specification

On a new application, the vehicle must be less than 4 years old from the date of first registration.

The maximum age of a vehicle that may continue to be licensed is 8 years from the date of first registration.

When the licensed vehicle reaches 8 years, it shall be permitted to remain licensed until the licence expires provided it continues to be mechanically sound and passes the vehicle licensing inspection.

A purpose built hackney carriage may continue to be licensed beyond 8 years provided that it continues to be mechanically sound and passes the vehicle licensing inspection. In any event each case will be treated on its own merit. 

Wheelchair accessible vehicles must be less than 5 years old from the date of first registration. These vehicles may continue to be licensed until 10 years from the date of first registration. When the licensed vehicle reaches 10 years from the date of first registration, it shall be permitted to remain licensed until the licence expires provided it continues to be mechanically sound and passes the vehicle licensing inspection.

All hackney carriage vehicles must be white in colour.

Further information can found in the taxi and private hire policy.

Application procedure

An application can take up to 5 working days to process from receipt of a valid application.

Licences are valid for 12 months and will expire on 31 October every year

Vehicles are inspected every April and October, the October inspection is part of the annual renewal process.

There are 3 stages to the application process:

Stage 1

Submit the documents below to the Licensing Authority.

  • application form
  • MOT certificate (must be no more than 8 weeks old on the date of your inspection)
  • vehicle registration document (original)
  • current Insurance certificate (original)
  • proof of ownership of vehicle (original)
  • appropriate fee

Please send all applications to:

Licensing Authority, Town Hall, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, YO11 2HG

We advise that you post your documents, however documents can be hand delivered to the Customer First Centre on St Nicholas Street, Scarborough. We advise that you send any original documents by recorded delivery. They will be returned to you by recorded delivery.

Stage 2

Providing all is you paperwork is correct we will contact you to arrange an inspection date/time and you will be required to present your vehicle at King Street, Scarborough. 

Please note, inspections will not be arranged until all paperwork has been submitted.  Vehicles will not be inspected the same day as your paperwork is submitted.  Inspections will generally take place within a minimum of 48 hours of receipt of a valid application.

Stage 3

Once the vehicle has passed the inspection your licence and plate will be issued. 

Replacing your vehicle

If you wish to change your vehicle during the period of the licence you must surrender the licence (which includes the licence plate) in respect of the original vehicle.

The process is the same as applying for a new vehicle licence (above) however the application asks you to state if you are applying for a new or a replacement vehicle.  The fee for a replacement vehicle application can be found in the fees list

We will issue a new licence (inclusive of licence plate) in respect of the replacement vehicle. As a result of the current limitation on the number of hackney carriages in the borough, this process will be undertaken in the clear recognition that the original licensee will be granted the new vehicle licence.

This approach will also be taken in respect of vehicles that have been involved in an accident where a temporary replacement vehicle is required. Regardless of the period of time the replacement vehicle is to be used for, the procedure as outlined above must be undertaken for the replacement vehicle, and again when the original vehicle is returned to service. 

Your old plate must be returned to us at your inspection.

Advertising

If you wish to place an advert in or on your vehicle, you will need written consent from the chairman of the Licensing Committee and the director of service delivery or licensing manager. Full details can me found in the taxi and private hire policy.

Changing your vehicle registration number

If you are changing the registration number of your vehicle you must complete an application. This must be returned with a fee and the following information before a new plate and licence can be issued.

  • V5 registration document
  • V948 number plate authorisation vertificate
  • current private hire vehicle licence
  • private hire vehicle plate
  • insurance certificate showing the new registration