Isle of Wight Council

Private Hire Operator's Licence

Frequently Asked Questions for this Service

Question: How long does a Private Operator's Licence last for?

Answer: A Private Hire Operators Licence is valid for one year.

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Question: I have a Rolls Royce which I want to hire out with a chauffeur, do I need to be licensed?

Answer: Yes. All vehicles used for hire or reward which include the provision of a driver are either private hire vehicles or taxis, such vehicles and their drivers must be licensed.

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Question: What is the difference between a Hackney Carriage and a Private Hire Vehicle?

Answer: Hackney carriages are taxis that are allowed to pick up passengers in the street (ie. can be hailed by the public); Private Hire Vehicles are only allowed to pick up passengers who have pre-booked the journey.

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Question: How do I apply for a Private Hire Operator's Licence, and is there is a fee?

Answer: You can apply online via the related link, or can obtain an application form from the Licensing Section on 01983 823159. The fee for 2005/06 is £139.00 for the first vehicle (or operators with only one vehicle), and an extra £10 for every vehicle after that. - Related Link

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Question: Are there any licence conditions attached to a Private Hire Operator's Licence?

Answer: There are certain conditions attached to a Private Hire Operator's Licence. You can view the conditions online as part of the application form via the related link, or can obtain a copy of the conditions from the Licensing Section on 01983 823159. - Related Link

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Question: What is the fee for a Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Driver's Licence and how do I apply?

Answer: The fee for is £100.00 for a new licence, valid for one year, and £65.00 for renewal.

You can obtain an application pack from the Licensing Section by telephoning 01983 823159, in person or in writing from reception at Jubilee Stores, The Quay, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2EH.


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Question: How long do Disclosure applications take to be processed by the Disclosure and Barring Service?

Answer: Disclosure applications are now applied for online in person at the Licensing office. They usually take 2-4 weeks to process, but can sometimes take longer.

For more information visit the DBS website via the related link - Related Link

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Question: How much does a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record check cost?

Answer: A DBS check is currently £44.00, payable to the Licensing Section on application for a licence.

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