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Taxi vehicles

Hackney carriages meet the legal definition of a ‘taxi’ and are allowed to use the city’s bus lanes.

They can wait on designated taxi ranks and can be flagged down in the street. They are fitted with a meter and the maximum fees are listed in the Hackney Carriage Fare Table

They are purpose-built wheelchair accessible vehicles and the makes and models permitted to be taxis in Derby are approved by the Council’s Licensing Committee and are listed in the hackney carriage vehicle specifications.

The vehicles must meet certain specifications and conditions and the local byelaws:

Must be pre-booked through a licensed private hire operator before a journey starts.

They do not meet the legal definition of a ‘taxi’, so are not permitted to use bus lanes, taxi ranks or be hailed in the street.

Licences for private hire drivers, private hire vehicles and private hire operators must be all issued by the same licensing authority.

The vehicles must meet certain specifications and conditions:

You may be able to apply for an executive car exemption. Please read the Executive Car Exemption Policy and the Executive Car Exemption Application Form for more detail.

If your vehicle has been modified since leaving the manufacturer you will require a Voluntary Individual Vehicle Assessment (VIVA) if it hasn’t had one. It will require a normal assessment, not a basic assessment. For more information visit the VIVA website. The certificate you get when an assessment has been completed is an important document and should be kept safe.

Check to see if your vehicle meets the current specifications and licence conditions.

A completed application requires both the application form and supporting documents:

  • V5 registration document,
  • Bill of sale (receipt)
  • Correct insurance certificate for the type of vehicle.

If you don't have an official receipt, the seller and the buyer of the vehicle must complete a Bill of Sale Form.

If you are unable to access the online form, please complete the application for new Hackney Carriage Vehicle Application Form or a new Private Hire Vehicle Application Form

You can submit the application by posting it to the Council House or by bringing the completed form to the Council House, along with the supporting documents.

Our licensing payments page explains what fees apply and how to pay them.

As an existing licence holder you will receive a renewal reminder approximately three months before your licence expires.

You must tell us if you sell or transfer your licensed vehicle. Please complete the Licensed Vehicle Transfer Form.

You must report accidents within 72 hours using the Vehicle Accident Form.

If you are interested in getting a licence to drive a stretched limousine with eight seats or less, or to drive a tuk-tuk please email the Licensing Team at taxi.licensing@derby.gov.uk.

Some public registers are available online. They are updated at least every three months. If you have any queries regarding the registers please contact the Licensing Team.

Phone:

01332 641951

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Address:

Licensing Team
Derby City Council
Council House
Corporation Street
Derby
DE1 2FS