Licensing Taxis

Vehicles

Service Update - Office Closure

The Licensing department will be operating a remote service as of Monday 23 March 2020. 

Jubilee Stores will be closed to the public,  you will not be able to access reception.  Should you need to contact the Licensing team please email your query in the first instance to licensing@iow.gov.uk

An officer will respond to your query as soon as possible.  Please note that if we are experiencing a high level of enquiries then they will be answered in order of priority.

Please ensure that your email contains your full name, address, a telephone number and a brief description of your query in the heading.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused by our closure.

Hackney Carriage (Taxis) and Private Hire Vehicles

Isle of Wight Council is responsible for licensing hackney carriages (taxis) and, private hire vehicles to ensure they meet statutory requirements and operate in a safe manner under the conditions of their licence.

Taxis fall into two different types of services.

Hackney Carriages (Taxis)

Taxis can ply for hire in the street and at taxi ranks. Journeys do not have to be pre-booked.

A licenced taxi on the Isle of Wight Council must display a white plate on the rear of the vehicle and a smaller version in the front windscreen, just above the tax disc. These plates display the licence plate number, the registration number of the vehicle and the number of persons the vehicle may lawfully carry.

Fares for taxis are regulated by the council, view the current table of fares  (PDF, 79KB, 1 page).

View the Hackney Carriage Proprietors Licence Conditions  (PDF, 76KB, 4 pages).

Private Hire Vehicles

Private hire vehicles cannot ply for hire in the street or at taxi ranks. Journeys must be pre-booked, normally by telephone or in person.

A licenced private hire vehicle on Isle of Wight Council must display a yellow plate on the rear of the vehicle and a smaller version in the front windscreen. In addition yellow door stickers are fixed to the front doors.  The plate and the door stickers display the number of the vehicle, expiry date, the registration number of the vehicle and the number of persons the vehicle may lawfully carry.

Fares for private hire vehicles are not regulated by the Council, the cost of a journey will normally be agreed with the operator prior to commencement of the journey.

View the Private Hire Vehicle Conditions  (PDF, 85KB, 4 pages).

Application Process

To apply for a Hackney Carriage or Private Hire Licence, please view our  applying for a Licence web page.

Fees

A fee must be paid at the time an application is made for a license. View the fees (PDF, 72KB, 1 page) The fees cover the cost of administration process and enforcement activity.

Public Register

View the public register of existing licences/consents/permits/registrations .

Further information

Best Practice Guidance has been issued by the Department for Transport on the GOV.UK website to view the guidance.

If you require further clarification please do not hesitate to by contact the Licensing Department to use the send a message to service form.