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Private hire driver

To drive a private hire vehicle licensed in the Rutland area you are required to hold a private hire drivers licence issued by this authority. This does not authorise you to drive hackney carriage vehicles or vehicles licensed outside of the Rutland area. 

Drivers are issued with a badge that must be worn at all times when carrying out their duties. We have a responsibility to ensure that drivers of private hire vehicles are fit and proper persons to hold their licence. Therefore we only issue licences after all the necessary checks have been made and validated.

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  1. Apply for a new private hire driver's licence
  2. Driver suitability test
  3. Medicals
  4. Apply to renew a private hire driver's licence
  5. Information on taxi and private hire regulation including COVID-19

Apply for a new private hire driver's licence

If you wish to become a private hire driver you need to:

  • be at least 18 years of age, and
  • hold a current full UK driving licence and have held this for more than one year, and
  • be able to demonstrate you have the right to work in the UK

To become a private hire driver you will need to make payment online and submit your application by email to licensing@rutland.gov.uk you must attach copies of the following documents.

Making payment - Once you have all the documentation above, please make your payment online before you submit your application. 

Submitting your application - Once you have made payment please email all documents including your payment authorisation to the licensing team at licensing@rutland.gov.uk

What happens next - Once we receive your valid application we will contact you and arrange an appointment for you to take the suitability test, please bring your original documents to the appointment as we will need to see them before we can proceed with your application.

Diver suitability test

  • reading - you'll be asked to read a short paragraph of text on disability awareness.
  • writing - you'll be asked to write out three receipts for mock journeys to addresses on this list.
  • mathematics - you'll be asked to calculate the change due in some mock journey scenarios.
  • you will also be tested on your Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) awareness

Medicals

All applicants must have a medical examination as part of the application requirements. You must take the medical form to your medical examination so that the doctor can complete and sign the form.

You may choose which doctor you want to use, however you are responsible for paying any fees charged.

The frequency at which a medical is required is dependant on age, please see below:

                                       Age                            Frequency

                                   18 to 45                on initial application

                                   45 to 65                      every 5 years 

                                65 and over                      annually

Our licensing team will write to you when your next medical examination is due.

Decisions

New and renewal applications

Each application will be treated on its own merits.

Our main priority is public safety - we will use the information available to test your honesty, integrity and character to determine if you are fit and proper to hold a licence.

If we have information that may indicate you are not fit and proper, for example, you have a relevant caution, conviction or driving offence, then this will be taken into consideration when determining your application.

Current licences

If we receive information that causes us concerns about a licence holder's behaviour, or if we have reason to believe a person may no longer be deemed fit and proper to hold a licence, the licence will be reviewed.

Granting a licence

Once we have received all the necessary documentation and have determined that you are fit and proper a licence will be granted. Once granted your licence will be produced and sent out in the post, we aim to do this within 7 days of the licence being granted.

Refusal to grant a licence

A driver has the right to appeal, this right of appeal is to the Magistrates Court, which must be lodged at the court within 21 calendar days of being notified of the decision not to grant the licence.

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Apply to renew private hire driver’s licence

Please allow plenty of time when applying to renew a licence 

We cannot accept renewal applications after your licence has expired, you will be asked to submit an application for a new licence and will not be able to drive until the new application has been processed.

To renew a private hire driver licence you will need to make payment online and submit your application by email to licensing@rutland.gov.uk you must attach copies of the following documents.

Making payment- once you have all the documentation above, please make your payment online before you submit your application. 

Submitting your application. When you have made payment please email all documents including your payment authorisation to the licensing team at licensing@rutland.gov.uk

What happens next?  After we receive your valid application we aim to process your application within 10 working days. If we require any further information we will contact you. 

Decisions

Renewal applications

If we receive information during the renewal process which causes us concerns about a licence holder's behaviour, or if we have reason to believe a person may no longer be deemed fit and proper to hold a licence, this will be considered in the renewal process.

Refusal to grant a renewal application

A driver has the right to appeal, this right of appeal is to the Magistrates Court, which must be lodged at the court within 21 calendar days of being notified of the decision not to grant the licence.

It is an offence to deliberately make a false statement or not give all relevant information on the application - punishable on conviction by a fine of up to £1,000