Once you have been granted your Hackney Carriage & Private Hire (Dual) Driver Licence and Badge, you might be wanting to know how to licence your vehicle, and you will certainly be looking to see who you can work for.
The Hackney Carriage & Private Hire (Dual) Driver Licence that we issue allows you to drive both Hackney Carriages and Private Hire vehicles - but the vehicles must also be licensed by Ashfield District Council (this is the same nationwide - all licensed drivers can only drive vehicles licensed by the same Local Authority which issued their Driver Badge).
All you need to know as to the criteria and standards applicable to vehicles that we licence as Hackney Carriages or Private Hire can be found in our Vehicle Application Pack.
Of equal importance is the need for you to understand what the legal implications are depending on whether you drive a Hackney Carriage or a Private Hire vehicle. The following information will guide you as to what decision to take:
Hackney Carriage Vehicles: A Hackney Carriage is expected to be used predominantly within the District with which it is licensed, in order to be available to serve the needs of the travelling public at taxi ranks within the District with which it is licensed, and to be hailed in the streets of the District with which it is licensed.
A Hackney Carriage cannot wait on any taxi rank or be hailed in any street of any other Local Authority area.
The driver of a Hackney Carriage can undertake his / her own pre-booked journeys, and can carry out pre-booked work given to him / her by a Private Hire Operator from anywhere in the country.
Private Hire Vehicles: A driver of a Private Hire vehicle may only undertake bookings given to him / her by a Private Hire Operator licensed by the same Council with whom the driver and vehicle are licensed. A Private Hire Operator from another Local Authority area can "sub-contract" a booking to an Ashfield District Council licensed Private Hire Operator, who can then dispatch an Ashfield District Council licensed driver and vehicle to carry out the booking.
Private Hire Operators: A Private Hire Operator licensed by another Local Authority cannot give a booking directly to the driver of a Ashfield District Council licensed Private Hire vehicle, the booking must first be "sub-contracted" to an Ashfield District Council licensed Private Hire Operator.
Drivers of Private Hire Vehicles are not permitted to wait on (or near) any taxi rank, nor take any bookings directly from customers (all bookings must be provided by the Private Hire Operator) - whether within the Ashfield District or any other Local Authority area.
Alternatively, you might want to consider starting your own Private Hire Operator company, so that you can accept pre-booked work. All of the information you need to know about becoming a Private Hire Operator can be found in our Private Hire Operator Application Pack.