Hackney Carriage & Private Hire Driver's Licence

What are Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicle Driver’s Licences?

Hackney carriage and private hire vehicle driver’s licences, commonly known as ‘taxi driver’ licences, allow the holder to driver either a Blaenau Gwent licensed hackney carriage and/or private hire vehicle.  Licences are normally issued for a maximum period of three years.

What legislation controls Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicle Driver’s Licences?

The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 and the Town Police Clauses Act 1847

Who can apply?

Anyone aged 18 years or older can apply, providing they have held a full DVLA driving licence for a period of at least 12 months.

What is the application process?

Applicants must:-

  • Pass a Knowledge Test (fee payable), which is administered by Torfaen Training, before an application for a licence can be submitted.  Applicants are advised to contact Torfaen Training on 01633 875929 - a revision pack will be sent out in advance of the test.  Proof that the test has been completed and passed must then be produced to the Council’s Licensing Team who will then issue an application pack.
  • Applicants must also attend a ‘Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adult’s' training session, which is also provided by Torfaen Training, before an application for a licence can be submitted to the Council.

Following receipt of the application pack, applicants must:-

  • Print the relevant application forms from the Council’s website and complete them in black ink
  • Apply online for an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report (criminal record check) to gbg.onlinedisclosures.co.uk
  • Contact the Council’s Licensing Team on 01495 355485 to make an appointment to submit the application
  • Submit the relevant application form, fee and DVLA Driver Entitlement form
  • Produce a current full DVLA driving licence for inspection, issued under Part III the Road Traffic Act 1988, or a licence from another EEA state for a minimum of 2 years, which must be valid for 12 months prior to the date of application
  • Produce a Certificate of Good Conduct from any country in which the applicant has lived if he/she has not been a resident of the UK for more than 5 years
  • Submit at least 2 other acceptable forms of identification (see list below of acceptable ID)

Can I apply online?

No, online applications are not accepted for this type of licence.  

How much does it cost?

The licence fee is £270 (for each type of licence) which includes a Data Subject enquiry with the DVLA. The fee for an Enhanced DBS is £54.

How long will it take to process my application and will tacit consent apply?

The application process time is normally six to eight weeks however this depends on the time taken for the DBS and DVLA to complete their checks and if the application is referred to the Council’s Licensing Committee for determination, who generally meet once a month.

Tacit consent will not apply to these licences, i.e. if you do not hear anything within the specified time; you cannot automatically assume that the application has been granted. 

Can I appeal if my application is refused?

Yes you can appeal to the Magistrates’ Courts if your application is refused within 21 days from being notified in writing of the decision.

Consumer complaints

If you have a complaint regarding any issue relating to licensed or unlicensed taxi activities, please contact the Licensing Team on 01495 355485