Private Hire and Hackney Carriage licences

Hackney Carriage or Private Hire licences

The Licensing Unit issue hackney carriage and private hire licences for all drivers, vehicles and operators within Calderdale.

In order to obtain a driver's licence, applicants undergo rigorous checks, including a criminal record check, medical fitness check, driving test and a knowledge test. Once licensed, drivers must comply with the Council's hackney carriage/private hire driver licence conditions and the national legislation relating to these licences. If they breach these regulations, then the Council will take appropriate action against the driver which could be a written warning or even prosecution.

The majority of licence holders are professional, honest and provide a valuable service to the public. However, we recognise that sometimes problems do occur and it is in the interests of the public and members of the trade that these matters are resolved in a proper manner. When this happens we are committed to conducting a fair and efficient investigation and, where appropriate, we will take action against anyone found to be the subject of a substantiated complaint.

In line with hackney carriage regulations, all hackney carriages licensed in Calderdale are white and, in the Halifax zone, all hackney carriages are wheelchair accessible. The Council sets hackney carriage fares and journeys must be charged using the meter in the hackney carriage, except for journeys where the fare is negotiated. The fare can be negotiated and anything less than the tariff can be charged, but more than the tariff can never be charged. For current hackney carriage fare tariffs, see Taxi (Hackney Carriage) fares.

The number of hackney carriages is controlled by the Council. The Council undertakes a survey of hackney carriage provision every three years to check whether there is a need for additional hackney carriages in the Borough. The findings from the latest survey are in the unmet demand report: Hackney Carriage Unmet Demand Survey [PDF file 1258KB]|PDF file

Hackney Carriages (taxis) can be hailed in the street, from a rank or booked by telephone. The private hire vehicles which are licensed by the Council are ordinary saloon cars (never white in colour) and can only be pre-booked through an operator. If a private hire vehicle is hailed down on the street and proceeds to take the fare then the insurance on that vehicle is invalidated and an offence is committed.

Some private hire vehicles have tariff meters installed in them but the Council does not regulate these tariffs. These tariffs are set by the private hire operator and you are advised to negotiate a final fare prior to commencement of the journey.

All hackney carriage and private hire drivers must display and wear their badge on the outer part of their clothing so it is clearly visible whilst driving.

All vehicles should have a numbered plate displayed at the rear of the vehicle and hackney carriages should also have a fare card inside the vehicle.

Last Updated: 25/10/2016