Private hire drivers licence
- Category: Taxi and minicab licensing
- Last Updated: 07 December 2016
The Council recognises the valuable service provided to the public by Private Hire vehicles and Hackney Carriages and the following information is provided for anyone who wishes to become a licenced driver.
Everyone has different needs and abilities, so it is essential that the service provided by licensed drivers and vehicles is able to cope with this variety. The service must be both safe and accessible, as public safety is always paramount.
- Becoming a licenced driver
- What is private hire?
- About the Disclosure and Barring Service application
- What will happen if I fail to be licensed?
- Guide dogs
- Formal procedure to raise issues and receive feedback
- Renewal of existing driver licences
Since the introduction of the Deregulation Act 2015, we have introduced a Dual Driver licence which means that you can drive either a Private Hire vehicle or a Hackney Carriage.
Our Dual Driver licence is valid for three years, as the new legislation is trying to ensure that applications for licences are made by people with a real commitment to the job.
To be licensed by Ryedale District Council you must reside within the Ryedale area or within 5 miles of the Ryedale border.
- Must be pre-booked and a fee agreed at the time of booking
- You cannot pick up passengers off the street or off a rank
- You must display a plate, fastened securely to the rear of the vehicle, stating the district in which you are licensed, the number of passengers you are licensed to carry and details of the vehicle i.e. Private Hire, vehicle registration.
If self-employed, you may need planning permission to operate the business from a premise and you will need an Operator Licence.
What is required?
Our application forms are available to download below.
- A completed driver application form
- An enhanced check will be carried out with the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS). Please contact Taxi Licensing to request that a DBS application form be sent out to you
- A medical form must be completed by your GP. The fee for the medical is payable by you to your GP
- Download and keep a copy of the Code of Conduct available below
All applicants for a Dual Driver licence must be at least 18 years of age and have held a full DVLA driver licence for at least 12 months.
Once you have completed the online applications, you must make an appointment to see the Taxi Licensing Officer or phone 01653 600666, to present the following identification documents:
- 4 passport sized photographs
- a current passport (if available)
- your photocard driving licence along with a licence summary or check code available from GOV.UK
- either a birth or marriage certificate
- your National Insurance number
- a utility bill, which must be less than 3 months old, showing your current address
If you have difficulty supplying any of the above documents, please see the list of Identity Checking Documents available to download below, from which you may choose 1 document from Group 1 and 2 further documents from Group 1, 2a or 2b.
All documents must be originals (no photocopies).
Any applicant who has a PSV or HGV licence need not undergo a medical, providing they can supply proof of their medical for inspection by the Taxi Licensing Officer.
The licensing process may take up to 6 weeks, depending on the length of time taken to receive the results of the DBS check and your completed medical form. While awaiting these results, we will obtain references from your nominated referees.
If the enhanced DBS disclosure, medical and references are acceptable, a licence will be granted.
If we receive any information that may indicate that you are not suitable to be a licensed driver, we will contact you to arrange an appointment to discuss the matter further and to inform you of what may happen next.
If the Council receives any information that may indicate that you are not suitable to be a licensed driver we will, where appropriate, share this information with third parties eg. Safeguarding Children Board, North Yorkshire County Council and the Independent Safeguarding Authority.
- The Enhanced DBS form must be completed in black ink and in capital letters. There is no need to complete Questions 28 to 31 and 50 to 54, or the questions on the back page. Help to complete the form can be obtained online from the Home Office
- The fee for the Enhanced DBS check is £44 payable by you
- We may accept a DBS Certificate from another organisation providing it states that it is for the category ‘Child and Adult Workforce’ and has been issued within 3 months of the date due by Ryedale District Council
- If you are not a British citizen you will need to apply for a “Certificate of Good Character” to the relevant embassy in the UK
By law you must declare any convictions or cautions on your online Driver Application, do not assume that your DBS application is sufficient. Guidance on what the Council will consider is in the "Statement of policy about relevant convictions" available to download below.
All applicants must co-operate fully with the Council’s Taxi Licensing Officers and produce any other information upon request.
- Approximately four weeks prior to the expiry date, reminder letters are sent to all licence holders
- No driver should operate after the expiry date of an existing licence unless it has been renewed
- All applicants for the renewal of an existing license should be aware that they must have a DBS check every three years
- Existing drivers are required to submit a medical certificate every five years after reaching the age of 45 and every year after the age of 65. The cost of the medical examination is to be paid by the applicant
The Council's Bylaws relating to Private Hire are issued with each licence. These must be strictly adhered to and failure to do so may lead to prosecution. Conditions of licence, which must be strictly adhered to, are also attached to each licence. Failure to do so may result in the suspension or revocation of a licence.
It is a legal requirement to be appropriately licensed and there are several penalties for not being licensed in the appropriate manner. Failing to have the appropriate licences in place can result in criminal prosecution for:
- Failing to hold an operators licence
- Failing to hold a vehicle licence
- Failing to hold a drivers licence
Each offence carries a maximum penalty of £1,000.
If you require any further information please email the Taxi Licensing Officer or telephone 01653 600666.
The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 places a duty on drivers of licensed taxis to carry assistance dogs (for example, guide dogs) accompanying disabled people. The Act includes provision for drivers to be issued with a certificate exempting them from this duty on medical grounds. Any notice of exemption must, by regulation, be displayed in the vehicle.
Categories of dogs trained to assist disabled people other than guide and hearing dogs (which are specifically included in the Act) are also prescribed.
Enforcement, sanctions, monitoring and review
The Act includes provision for a driver to appeal to a Magistrates Court if a licensing authority refuses to issue an exemption certificate.
It should be noted that failure to comply with the duty to carry dogs is a criminal offence. The Act provides for a fine not exceeding level three on the standard scale on conviction. The Act also contains standard provisions relating to forgery and false statements in respect of exemption certificates.
If you are a taxi driver and have any issues that concern you, we have a formal procedure to allow you to record these issues with us and to ensure that you receive any feedback from us about any planned actions.
This is intended to help us prioritise our workload and ensure that we have enough resources for the tasks that your issues may raise, together with providing you information on the service you can expect from us.
The issues form is available to download below.