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Hackney Carriage - Private Hire Vehicle - Operator - Transfers

Hackney carriage, private hire vehicles and operator transfers

This page provides information on what is required to licence a vehicle, become an operator and transfer a vehicle to another person. You can also request to advertise on your hackney carriage vehicles.

Hackney carriage vehicles may apply for hire and pick up fares. They must carry a yellow square plate displayed on the rear of the vehicle, a top light showing the licence number and side panels on the front doors. The external plate identifies the vehicle, its expiry date and licence number. This information is also displayed on a sticker inside the vehicle, along with tariffs of the maximum that can be charged. The side panels identify the licence number. Vehicles must have undergone a mechanical and appearance check before gaining a licence.

Apply online

Downloadable application form: 

Fees and charges 

You can find the fee for this licence by going to our licence fee register.

MOT Exemption 

To tax your vehicle at the post office or DVLA local office you will be required to produce a V112 exemption form.  

Equality Act 2010 

Under the Equality Act 2010, drivers of Hackney carriage and private hire vehicles have a legal obligation to carry passengers and assistance dogs.  When carrying these passengers, drivers can not charge any more than the metered fare and must allow the assistance dog to remain with the passenger.  The term “assistance dogs” refer to more than just guide dogs for blind people. It includes:

  • Guide dogs for the blind – white harness with yellow fluorescent strips
  • Hearing dogs for the deaf – burgundy jacket
  • Dogs for the disabled (seven years to adult) – yellow jacket
  • Dogs for the disabled (to work with children) – blue harness
  • Canine partners (people with physical impairments) – purple jacket
  • Support dogs (physical and other impairments) – blue jacket

Under the Act, it is an offence for any operator or driver to refuse to carry assistance dogs. On conviction for such an offence, drivers can be fined up to £1,000.

Where a driver has an allergy to dogs, the driver must apply for an exemption from carrying assistance dogs.  If no exemption has been applied for and subsequently granted, then drivers are still required to carry assistance dogs. Where an application is made to the licensing authority for an exemption, it must be supported by medical evidence. The driver with the allergy should be under the care of a specialist consultant and will be required to produce reports from their consultant. 

Private hire vehicles are only available for pre-arranged journeys and the fare is agreed before the journey. They may have a meter. These vehicles must not have a top light, sign, illumination or notice that would lead the public to think it was a hackney carriage. Similarly, any advertising for private hire must not refer to taxis or hackney carriages.

Licensed private hire vehicles in North Lincolnshire have a green square external plate, internal sticker and side panels. The external plate identifies the vehicle, its expiry date and licence number. This information is also displayed on a sticker inside the vehicle. The side panels identify the licence number.

Apply online

Downloadable application form: 

Fees and charges: 

You can find the fee for this licence by going to our licence fee register.

MOT Exemption

To tax your vehicle at the post office or DVLA local office you will be required to produce a V112 exemption form.

Equality Act 2010 

Under the Equality Act 2010, drivers of Hackney carriage and private hire vehicles have a legal obligation to carry passengers and assistance dogs.  When carrying these passengers, drivers can not charge any more than the metered fare and must allow the assistance dog to remain with the passenger.  The term “assistance dogs” refer to more than just guide dogs for blind people. It includes:

  • Guide dogs for the blind – white harness with yellow fluorescent strips
  • Hearing dogs for the deaf – burgundy jacket
  • Dogs for the disabled (seven years to adult) – yellow jacket
  • Dogs for the disabled (to work with children) – blue harness
  • Canine partners (people with physical impairments) – purple jacket
  • Support dogs (physical and other impairments) – blue jacket

Under the Act, it is an offence for any operator or driver to refuse to carry assistance dogs. On conviction for such an offence, drivers can be fined up to £1,000.

Where a driver has an allergy to dogs, the driver must apply for an exemption from carrying assistance dogs.  If no exemption has been applied for and subsequently granted, then drivers are still required to carry assistance dogs. Where an application is made to the licensing authority for an exemption, it must be supported by medical evidence. The driver with the allergy should be under the care of a specialist consultant and will be required to produce reports from their consultant.

As private hire work is done by prior arrangement, records must be kept showing relevant details. This includes details of journeys, the vehicles used and who the driver was. This requires a level of administration and people who operate private hire vehicles must hold an operator's licence.

Checks are made to ensure that operators are fit and proper people. For this you will be required to obtain a disclosure certificate by visiting the Government website.

The telephone number for the private hire office must have a land line number for bookings to be made. 

 Apply online

Downloadable application form: 

Fees and charges: 

You can find the fee for this licence by going to our licence fee register. You can apply for a one year or a five year licence.

It is possible to transfer a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle licence.

Downloadable application form: 

Both parties have to complete a part of this form.  Proof of insurance is also required from the proposed new licence holder.

Fees and charges: 

You can find the fee for this licence by going to our licence fee register.

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Contact details

licensing@northlincs.gov.uk 

01724 297750 

Licensing Department 
PO Box 42 
Church Square House 
Scunthorpe 
DN15 6XQ

Opening hours

Monday to Thursday:

9am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 4.30pm

Friday:

9am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 4pm

Last updated: 19/09/2016
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