Taxi driver

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

Jump to:

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

Apply for a new hackney carriage driver's licence

 If you wish to become a hackney carriage 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 hackney carriage 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.


  • Completed application form
  • DVLA driving licence (photo card)
  • DVLA driving licence check code (see application form)
  • DBS certificate (how to apply)
  • If not continuously resident in the UK for the last 5 years a Statement of Good Conduct will need to be uploaded further information can be found on GOV.UK's Record checks for overseas applicants
  • Medical certificate completed by a doctor
  • Proof of right to work in UK.  A list of acceptable documents has been published by the Home Office, Right to Work checklist. You can also provide the 9 digit right to work code issued by the Home Office.
  • Passport style/size photo for ID badge (jpeg format if possible)

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.

Driver suitability and knowledge tests

 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

 Knowledge test

  • If you are applying for a Hackney Carriage driver’s licence, then a short ‘knowledge’ test will be conducted at this point by the Licensing Officer. 
  • The pass mark of this test is 80%. The holder of a Hackney Carriage driver’s licence is entitled to drive both Hackney Carriage Vehicles and Private Hire Vehicles. 

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.

Apply to renew a hackney carriage 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 hackney carriage 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?  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