Private Hire and Hackney Carriage licences


Hackney Carriages and Private Hire Vehicles play an increasingly important part in the provision of an integrated public transport system within the Calderdale area. Their role will become more important as new policies develop in the future.

It is the Council's vision and opinion that best practice outlining a common standard should apply both in vehicles that are licensed and to all drivers who operate them, no matter the frequency or level of participation.

When visiting the Calderdale area, the first contact many individuals have is with either a Hackney Carriage or Private Hire driver. The Council's aim is that this should be a pleasant experience as it is considered to be an integral part of anyone's visit within Calderdale.

The Council advocates that best practice should be adopted amongst the trade and that Hackney Carriage and Private Hire vehicles should be presented in a professional manner.

The Licensing Service

Legislation states that a licence must be obtained for both the driver and vehicle before Hackney Carriages or Private Hire Vehicles can be used for business. The Licensing Unit issue these licences.

Hackney Carriage

A Hackney Carriage is often referred to as a taxi and can be hired by going to a taxi rank or waved down in public streets within the area, in which they are licensed to operate. Hackney Carriages do not need to be pre-booked.

Calderdale MBC issue the following licences:

Private Hire

Private Hire is when an operator takes bookings from customers and passes them on to licensed drivers and vehicles. Private Hire vehicles must always be pre-booked and should never be waived down in the street.

If you undertake a journey in a Private Hire vehicle, which has not been pre-booked, you would not be insured in the unfortunate event of the vehicle being involved in any incident.

Calderdale MBC issue the following licences:

When licensed the vehicle will display a licence plate at the rear of the vehicle. There will also be a door sign on each of the front doors of the vehicle and a sticker on the inner dashboard of the vehicle confirming that it is licensed by Calderdale MBC and stating the number of passengers it is licensed to carry. The driver will also be wearing an identity badge (including photograph).

Last Updated: 04/01/2016