Taxi licensing

Buckinghamshire Council are responsible for the licensing and enforcing of Taxi Licences.

*Important Notice – Aylesbury Vale Area*

Due to the extraordinary circumstances as a result of COVID-19, the council has taken the decision to close the vehicle testing station at Pembroke Road.  As a result the Council will now accept valid MOT certificates provided by an external testing station until the Council testing station reopens.  As stated previously, Enhanced Vehicle Inspections (EVI) have been suspended, however we do continue to require licensed vehicles to have a satisfactory MOT at least every 12 months.  All vehicles issued licences without an EVI will be required to attend for an inspection once we are able to resume these inspections.  All licence renewal applications must continue to be submitted in good time, with a recently issued MOT pass certificate,  before the current licence expires to ensure continuation of the vehicle licence.  We will continue to accept new applications however these will not be issued until such time as we are able to perform satisfactory EVIs. 

Any vehicle owner who has a MOT appointment booked at Pembroke Road will be contacted by a member of staff to discuss alternative arrangements.  Applicants for new licences which are already pending have the option to withdraw their application and obtain a refund of the application fee.

We are continuing to accept vehicle driver applications, however new applications will not be issued until we are able to resume face to face interviews.  Drivers applying to renew their licence will be contacted by a member of the licensing team to arrange an online document check. 

Operators can continue to renew their licences and apply for new licences.

We will no longer be issuing licence plates and signs for licensed vehicles or driver badges for licensed drivers.  We are now issuing electronic copies of licences for licensed operators, drivers and vehicles.  Copies of the current licence must be made available on request, either as a printed copy or electronically.  All licence holders must continue to renew their licences at the appropriate time in order to legally continue to work.

 

Important changes to taxi and private hire licensing in 2019

The Council is making a number of important changes to the licensing arrangements in respect of taxi and private hire drivers:

Exploitation Safeguard Training - All licensed drivers are required to attend the Council's approved safeguard training. New drivers will not be granted a licence until they have successfully attended the training.  To book text 07535 440 796 with your name, your application reference number, date and time you wish to attend and your phone number.  The following training dates are currently available:

22 April 2020 at The Council Offices, Queen Victoria Road, High Wycombe HP11 1BB

Important information:

  • Session times 9:30am, 11:30am and 1:30pm
  • Sessions last about 75 minutes
  • Aim to arrive 15 minutes early. If you arrive late you will not be able to attend.
  • Bring proof of ID and remember to sign in
  • There is no exam but you will be sent an attendance certificate.

English Language Testing - From 1 March 2019 all applicants for new driver's licences will be required to demonstrate adequate English language skills.

Additional Knowledge Testing - From 1 March 2019 all applicants for new driver's licence will be tested on their understanding of the rules and regulations relating to taxi/private hire work and their ability to navigate as part of their driver's assessment.

National Register of Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Driver Licence Refusals and Revocations (NR3) - From 1 March 2019 the Council will begin using the NR3. This means that from this date all applicants for hackney carriage and private hire driver licences (new and renewal) will be checked on the register. Where an existing licence is revoked or an application refused, this will be recorded on the register. For further information please refer to the information on Taxi Policy