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Hackney carriage and private hire vehicles (taxis)

Hackney carriage and private hire vehicles (taxis)

Hackney carriage and private hire licensing policy

The current policy (below) has been in place since June 2017, when it was revised by the Appeals and Regulatory Committee to take account of of changes brought about by the Immigration Act 2016. 

Review of the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire licensing policy

The policy has been amended following suggestions from trade representatives on the Taxi Consultative Committee who suggested it needed a re-write as, in their view, it had become difficult to understand - particularly for prospective drivers trying to pass the written knowledge test. 

Most of the changes are in format and style, consolidating information in one place rather than repeated throughout the document and removing obsolete references. Noteworthy amendments include:

  • DBS check (paragraph 5.8) Certificates to be no more than 30 days old (in order to use the update service) to be valid;
  • Personal references no longer needed, although a financial reference is still required for operators; and
  • Clarification to applicants they must be able to read and write to an acceptable level in English to pass the various knowledge tests (paragraph 5.5). 

A copy of the draft policy is available to view below. Any comments on the proposals should be forwarded to by 5pm on Monday 12 March 2018. 

If you have any questions or comments regarding the taxi trade in Chesterfield, you can contact the licensing department direct on 01246 345 230 or email

Draft Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy 2018 (pdf 914 KB)
Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy as amended June 2017 (pdf 546 KB)
Private hire and hackney carriage fees and charges 2017-2018 (pdf 200 KB)
  • Taxi Consultative Committee (TCC).

    The TCC meets 4 times a year to discuss matters of concern, enforcement, licensing policy and procedures etc. with local representatives of the taxi trade about matters affecting taxi licensing or the taxi trade. 

    The TCC acts as a representative body for the whole hackney carriage and private hire trade, ensuring consultation with all licence holders to enable the council to make fully informed decisions. 

    Membership of the TCC consists of 3 elected borough councillors, 3 hackney carriage licence holders (drivers or owners) and 3 private hire vehicle licence holders (drivers, owners or operators). 

    Two of the six places allocated to members of the trade should, if applications are made, be filled by trade members who represent minority ethnic members of the trade (one from each of the hackney carriage and private hire sectors). 

    You can see details of the Taxi Consultative Committee meetings here.

Last updated on 07 February 2018