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Taxi & Private Hire Licences

Information on Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Driver, Vehicle and Operator Licences.

The Council has a duty to license taxis ('hackney carriages'), private hire vehicles and persons driving or operating these vehicles. Licensing vehicles and drivers ensures minimum safety standards are met and provides protection for the travelling public. Taxis and private hire vehicles can be licensed to carry up to eight passengers but they operate in different ways. Once a vehicle is licensed as a taxi or private hire vehicle, it can only be driven by a person who holds a Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Driver's Licence issued by the Council. Driving a licensed vehicle without the appropriate licence is an offence. Further information is contained in our guidance notes for applicants which you can download by clicking on the icon on the right. If you need further advice, please contact us at

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

A number of vehicles licensed by the Council are wheelchair accessible.  Members of the public who use a wheelchair can safely access and be transported in these vehicles.  Drivers have a duty in law to provide reasonable assistance to any passengers who wish to travel in a licensed vehicle in their wheelchair.  A list of wheelchair accessible vehicles and contact numbers is available on the right.

Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976, Fees for Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Licenses

Torridge District Council hereby gives notices that, under section 53(2) and section 70(1) of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976, the Council has resolved to vary the fees for Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Driver licences, for Hackney Carriage/ Private Hire Vehicle licences and for Private Hire Operator licences as follows:



  Current Fee £

Proposed Fee £

Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence

Private Hire Vehicle Licence

Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Driver's Licence (incl. ID  badge)

Replacement/duplicate Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Driver's ID badge

Replacement/duplicate licence plates

Private Hire Operator's Licence (per vehicle)

Transfer of Vehicle Licence (proprietor)

Transfer of Vehicle Licence (vehicle)

Deposit for Licence Plate

Deposit for Licence Badge

Criminal record disclosure (DBS)

Private Hire Vehicle 'advance booking' signs

Temporary Vehicle Licence (monthly fee)














21.00 per set

pro-rata + £22.00 for licence plates














21.50 per set

pro-rata + £22.50 for licence plates


The new fees will come into effect on 1st April 2015.   Any objections to the proposed fees must be made in writing and addressed to: the Licensing Team, Torridge District Council, Bridge Buildings, Bideford. EX39 2HT and received no later than 5th March 2015.  A copy of this notice will be made available at the Council offices, Bridge Buildings, Bideford and can be inspected free of charge between 9.00 am and 4.30 pm Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays).