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Hackney Carriage Vehicle

This licence is required for any chauffeur-driven hire vehicle that will ply for hire, be flagged down or hired at a taxi rank. Once licensed a taxi is always a taxi until the licence expires. These vehicles have a roof sign and display a yellow plate on the rear of the vehicle. Hackney Carriage drivers must also be licensed and wear an ID badge issued by the Council, which includes his/her photograph.

Before a vehicle is licensed it must pass an MOT and Council Inspection to ensure its safety. We issue licences for taxis and ensure that the vehicles are suitable and adequately insured to ensure high standards of safety.

Also the licence is issued subject to the following conditions:

Identification Plates

The identification plate shall remain the property of the Council at all times and shall be affixed to the exterior rear of the vehicle and an internal place displayed on the inside of the vehicle. The plates shall be maintained and kept in such a condition that the information printed on the plates are clearly visible to the public at all times.

Maintenance of Vehicle

The vehicle and all its fittings and equipment shall at all times when the vehicle is in use or available for hire, be kept in an efficient, safe, tidy and clean condition and all relevant statutory requirements (including in particular those contained in Motor Vehicles Construction and use Regulations) shall be fully complied with.

Alteration of Vehicle number, material alteration, or change in specification, design, condition or appearance of the vehicle shall not be made without the approval of the Council at any time while the licence is in force.


The proprietor of a Hackney Carriage shall not convey or permit to be conveyed in a licensed vehicle any greater number of persons than that prescribed on the licence issued by the Council and on the licence plate affixed to the rear of the vehicle.

The driver shall not without consent of the hirer of a vehicle convey or permit to be conveyed any other person in that vehicle.

Fire Extinguisher

A fire extinguisher shall be provided and maintained at all times to meet BSEN 31996 (BS5423) which shall be securely fixed to the vehicle and to be readily visible and available for immediate use in an emergency.


The proprietor shall ensure the vehicle is fitted with a taximeter approved by the Council and that the meter shall be maintained in a sound mechanical condition at all times. The taximeter shall be set for the current tariff agreed by the Council and shall be sealed to prevent unauthorised adjustment of that meter. The proprietor shall ensure the 'For Hire' sign or illuminated sign is extinguished when the fare commences, and the taximeter brought into operation.

Fare Tables

The proprietor shall ensure that a copy of the current fare table supplied by the Council is on display inside the Hackney Carriage at all times and that the table is not concealed from view or rendered illegible when the vehicle is for hire.  adobe icon Taxi Fares [56kb]

Vehicle Insurance

At all times during the currency of the Licence the proprietor shall keep in force in relation to the use of the vehicle as a Hackney Carriage a Policy of Insurance complying with the requirements of Part V1 of the Road Traffic Act 1984. The proprietor shall produce to the Council a new Certificate of Insurance or Cover Note within 7 days of the expiry of every Certificate of Insurance or Cover Note prior to renewal date.


The proprietor shall within seven days disclose to the Council in writing details of any conviction imposed on him (or if the proprietor is a company or partnership, on any of the directors or partners).

Change of Address

Any proprietor changing his place of abode must give notice in writing to the Council within seven days of such change.

Display of Terms and Conditions

The proprietor of the vehicle shall at all times when the vehicle is being used by fare-paying passengers have within the vehicle for inspection by those passengers a copy of these terms and conditions.


Licensees are advised to acquaint themselves with the provisions of Part II of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976, the Town Police Clauses Act 1847 and the adobe icon NFDC Taxi Policy [171kb]

Contact Details:

Licensing Services
New Forest District Council
Appletree Court
SO43 7PA

Tel No: 023 80285505


Application Request Form,

adobe icon Taxi Fares [56kb]

Updated: 2 Nov 2018
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