Hackney Carriage (Taxi) and Private Hire Drivers
Isle of Wight Council is responsible for licensing hackney carriages (taxis) and private hire vehicles drivers to ensure they are fit and proper and meet statutory requirements ensuring they operate safely.
The main legislation which governs the licensing of hackney carriage and private hire is the Town Police Clauses Act 1847 and the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 Part 2.
Anyone who acts as driver of any licensed hackney carriage or private hire vehicle (even when not carrying passengers) must hold a hackney carriage/private hire driver's licence. Any person may apply for a hackney carriage driver's licence.
However, the council must not grant such a licence:
- Unless it is satisfied the applicant is a 'fit and proper person' to hold a driver's licence; or
- to any person that has not held a full licence to drive a motor car for at least 12 months at the time of application.
In order to decide whether a licence should be granted or whether conditions should be attached to a licence (if granted), the council requires applicants to submit such information as we reasonably consider necessary.
The term 'fit and proper person' is a test of the applicant’s suitability to hold a hackney carriage/private hire driver's licence.
To assess whether an individual is a 'fit and proper person' the council will consider medical fitness, knowledge of the local area and criminal record history.
The council’s current policy on the relevance of convictions may be viewed here (PDF, 221KB, 8 pages).
The Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Driver's Licence Conditions can be viewed here (PDF, 81KB, 3 pages).
- To apply for a Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Driver Licence please click here.
A fee must be paid at the time an application is made. The fees covers the cost of administration, and enforcement activity, to view the fees click here (PDF, 63KB, 1 page). The fee is not refundable in the case of an unsuccessful application.
The public register of existing licences/consents/permits/registrations can be viewed on the by clicking here.
Best Practice Guidance has been issued by the Department for Transport on the GOV.UK website, click here to view the guidance.
If you require further clarification please do not hesitate to contact the Licensing Department by clicking this link to use the send a message to service form.