By licensing and regularly checking the taxi drivers, operators and vehicles, we are able to ensure that the public are offered as safe a service as possible.
Following a consultation process between 1 November 2017 and 5 January 2018, a new taxi licensing policy was approved by full cabinet and will come into effect on 1 April 2018.
A Competency test is compulsory for all new Hackney Carriage and Private Hire drivers. Only those passing the test will be granted a licence. This is to ensure that all drivers have a good understanding of the area, places of interest, English and arithmetic.
Our licensing service issues licenses to allow the operation of a private hire service within the district as defined under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 and the Town Police Clauses Act 1847.
We issue two types of licences for drivers, a Hackney Carriage driver licence and a Private Hire driver licence.
These are two separate licences and therefore if any person wishes to hold both a Hackney Carriage and Private Hire driver licences, they are required to submit two separate applications.
The Public Register of Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Drivers is now available.
Private hire vehicles can ONLY undertake pre-booked work.
Almost all vehicles in the South Cambridgeshire district are private hire, as the district does not contain taxi ranks.
The licence allows the licensee to undertake pre-booked work through an SCDC licensed operator and is normally valid for 3 years.
Hackney Carriage taxis can apply for hire only within the South Cambridgeshire district but can undertake pre-booked work from anywhere.
The licence allows the licensee to drive a Hackney Carriage taxi only and is normally valid for 3 years.
Once the applicant has passed the Competency test, we will require the following original documents to complete the application:
To do this you will need:
Follow the instructions on the GOV.UK website to get your code - please note that this code is case sensitive and is only valid for 21 days. Bring the code with you to the appointment.
*Criminal Records Check - £53.90
*This charges is to be added to your application fee for Grant or Renewal. The Criminal Records Check fee is subject to change as the Council does not determine this fee.
If you have subscribed to the DBS update service you must bring in the original DBS certificate. We will not be able to complete the check without this certificate.
All new and renewal drivers will as part of their conditions of licensing with South Cambridgeshire District Council have to register with the update service from GOV.UK. Failure to do so will result in either refusal or revocation of the licence.
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) update service lets applicants keep their DBS certificates up to date online and allows employers to check a certificate online.
You must register online via the DBS website within 14 days of getting your certificate. Registration lasts for 1 year and costs £13 per year (payable by debit or credit card only).
Applicants who have not been resident within the British Isles for a full and continuous five years, but with permissions to undertake Hackney Carriage or Private Hire work will be required to submit a certificate of good character signed and stamped by the relative Embassy or Police (as required by individual countries).
The certificate must be translated into English and delivered as part of the application and will only is accepted if less than three months old at time of submission.
Applicants are required to produce an original Enhanced DBS certificate for the application to be considered. The certificate should be dated within one month from issue at the time of submission. Checks should be other workforce – Private Hire Driver and the barred checks should be adults and children.
An online check for an Enhanced DBS check can be carried out at out by our officers at the time of appointment. The fee is payable online by card at the time of application will be £53.90 (subject to review).
In order to process the DBS (criminal record checks) online, you will need to provide the following original documentation at the time of submitting the application:
Two different proofs of name and addresses from the following list:
All applicants for a Hackney Carriage and Private Hire licence must have held a DVLA approved licence for at least 12 months.
All applicants must complete a DVLA Mandate.
All new applicants must have successfully completed a driving skills assessment. We will accept certificates that are less than one year old from the following bodies:
Telephone: 03453 731 360
Diamond Advanced Motorists
Telephone: 020 8253 0120
Telephone: 0121 248 2099
Institute of Advanced Motorists
Telephone: 0300 303 1134
Note – all charges for these tests are set by the relevant bodies and are subject to change without any prior notification, and are out of the control, of South Cambridgeshire District Council.
Download and complete the Driver Licence Application form.
All applicants are strongly advised to read the following Policy and Conditions before starting the application process. Please see the links below:
South Cambridgeshire District Council Taxi Policy
Driver Licence Conditions
Vehicle Licence Conditions
Private Hire Operator Conditions
Private Hire Vehicle Plate Exemption Conditions
Hackney Carriage Byelaws
DBS Multiple Status Check Facility
We require your personal data to enable us to comply with a legal obligation and review and reconsider your application for a license by way of an appeal conducted by the Licensing Committee.
There are laws in place, (Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982), that tell us what information we have to collect and keep. We may automate decisions and will inform you if we have done this as soon as reasonably practicable and provide you with access to our Data Protection Policy.
You hold the following rights with regard to the personal data you provide us:
We may share your personal data with Local Partner Authorities, Police, Legal, Courts, Internal/External audit, Disclosure and Barring Service, HM Revenue & Customs, Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency, Customs and Border Agency as required.
We may process the information you provide to prevent and detect fraud in any of our systems and may supply information to government agencies, credit reference agencies, audit or other external bodies for such purposes. We participate in the Governments National Fraud Initiative.
If any of the information we have about you is incorrect, please tell us, we are reliant on you assisting us to keep your information accurate and up to date.
We only keep your information as long as necessary, for some items this will be dictated by law. You can find out more by looking at the Councils Retention Policy on the website. We do not routinely process any information about you outside the UK. We will not transfer your personal data outside of the EU. We are a registered Data Controller with the Information Commissioners Office.
You can find out more about how we handle your data by visiting our Privacy Notice If you have a query regarding your rights please contact the Data Protection Officer who can be contacted by emailing email@example.com or you can write to the Council and mark your letter for the attention of the Data Protection Officer. Alternatively you can call 07864 604221 or 01954 713318.
You have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) should you believe any part of this statement to be unlawful.
It is essential that licensed drivers are in good health as they are expected to carry passengers’ luggage, will drive on the road for longer periods than most car drivers, and may need to assist disabled passengers. The council must be satisfied that the drivers it licenses are sufficiently fit to undertake the tasks expected of them.
The DVLA, The Royal Society of Medicine and the DfT recommend and consider it best practice for licensed drivers (hackney carriage and private hire) to be subject to the DVLA group 2 medical requirements. The DVLA group 2 medical is a recognised national standard developed by DVLA for bus and lorry drivers
To ensure that public safety is protected, the council has chosen to adopt this best practice and to require all new and renewal applicants to obtain and submit a group 2 medical report with their application for new licences and renewals.
The medical form must be completed, signed and stamped by a doctor. The medical must be less than three months old when presented at the application appointment.
The council has a statutory obligation to ensure that applicants have the legal right to work in the UK prior to issuing a licence. The issuing or refusing of licences will be undertaken in accordance with the requirements of the Immigration Act 2016
All applicants must provide proof of right to work at time of application. We will only accept original documents. Please see attached for the Home Office Employers Right to Work checklist.
All drivers will be required to take part in a safeguarding course as set out by the council in order to obtain a recognised certification.
Please call us on 03450 450 063 to book an appointment for the Competency test (formally known as the knowledge test)
The Competency test is for both new Private Hire and Hackney Carriage applicants. The Competency test is a one hour test, under exam conditions. In order to pass, you must achieve minimum pass rates in each of the following categories:
The cost of this test is £50.00 payable at the time of booking.
*Criminal Records Check - £53.90
*DVLA Mandate - £8.00
*These charges are to be added to your application fee for Grant or Renewal. The Criminal Records Check fee is subject to change as the Council does not determine this fee.
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