Private hire vehicle
Our licensing service is delivered by Peterborough City Council.
Private hire vehicles cannot ply for hire in the street or at taxi ranks.
Journeys must be pre-booked, normally by phone or in person at a cab office - failure to do so is an offence and invalidates the vehicle's insurance cover.
Fares for private hire vehicles are not regulated by the Council - the cost of a journey will normally be based on a rate per mile or should be agreed with the company before the journey.
Private hire vehicles licensed by the Council must display a yellow plate on the rear and a smaller internal sign. Roof signs are optional. Private Hire drivers must also wear an ID badge issued by the Council, which includes his/her photograph.
There are many different laws affecting proprietors and vehicles but the main Acts of Parliament covering licensing of Private Hire Vehicles are contained in Part II of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976.
Vehicles must comply with the Private Hire Vehicle Conditions and have an efficient and approved fire extinguisher (CE marked) suitable for use on motor vehicles.
Once your vehicle is licensed as a private hire vehicle, it can only be driven by someone holding a private hire vehicle driver's licence.
Information you must provide:
- vehicle registration document - we cannot process your application without seeing this
- MOT certificate (if applicable) this must be dated no later than 28 days at the time of application
- policy or cover note of insurance covering the vehicle for public and/or private use for you and/or your drivers
- evidence your vehicle's mechanically suitable. It must have passed an MOT in the last 28 days, unless it's brand new. Your vehicle will also need a visual inspection by our licensing officer
How to apply
Download the Private Hire Vehicle Application Form, complete and email to firstname.lastname@example.org