Oadby and Wigston Borough Council is the statutory Licensing Authority for Hackney Carriage and Private Hire vehicles, drivers and operators within its Borough.

The legislation creates three types of licence:

1. Vehicles (Hackney Carriage and Private Hire).

2. Drivers (Hackney Carriage and Private Hire).

3. Operators (Private Hire only).

It is a criminal offence for anyone to act as the driver or proprietor of a vehicle used as Hackney Carriage or Private Hire vehicle or to operate a private hire vehicle within the Borough of Oadby and Wigston without first obtaining a licence from the Council.

Further information on how to apply for the respective licences can be found by clicking the links on the right-hand side.

The Council has adopted a policy which can be read here:

Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy (PDF Document, 871.97 Kb)

This policy outlines how the Council will licence drivers, vehicles and operators.

Anyone wishing to enter the trade as a driver, owner of a vehicle or operator is advised to read the Council's Policy in the first instance as the Council is unable to give applicants bespoke legal advice on how to make their applications.

Please also read: Statutory Guidance - Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Standards (PDF Document, 277.37 Kb)

Renewal of combined drivers badge


Applications are to be submitted at least six weeks prior to the licence expiry date and will be processed within 10 working days of all aspects of the application being complete

Oadby and Wigston Borough Council issue combined Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicle Driver Licences allowing licensed drivers to drive either a Hackney Carriage or Private Hire Vehicle. Licences last for three years after which time the licence holder must renew or cease to act as a licensed driver.

The Council will not grant a licence unless they are satisfied that an applicant is a fit and proper person. The application process is designed to enable the Council to make that decision and these procedures are explained in the Council’s Policy.

We are now accepting new applications for Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Driver licences.

The Process

Stage 1: Competency Test

All new applicants will need to undertake the competency test before submitting a full application. This carries a fee of £50.00. By carrying out the test first, this will prevent an applicant from submitting documents or making additional payments that are not required if the competency test was to be failed.

Book your competency test

When going through the competency test booking form, we will confirm further details of the test such as when they are, the duration of the test, where it is held and the pass criteria.

Each applicant can attempt the competency test 3 times within a 12 month period. If the test is failed 3 times within this period you must wait another 12 months before trying again.

Stage 2: Full Application

On successfully passing your competency test, you will then be able to complete a full application. The documentation you will need to provide and criteria are:

  • Driving Licence
  • DVLA Driving Licence Check
  • Proof of ID
  • Proof of Address
  • Proof of English proficiency, if English is not first language
  • Medical Practitioner signed Group 2 Medical Certificate
  • Safeguarding training and new online Disability Awareness training
  • Application fee

Please note that the Home Office has updated its immigration status checking guidance. You can view the updated document here.

Applicants will have to provide evidence of their competency of verbal and written English, where English is not their first language.

A Functioning Level 2 English test is designed to demonstrate your ability to read, write, speak, listen and communicate in English and is the equivalent of a GCSE English Level 4 or 5 (Grade C).

There are a number of providers that provide this training (including but not limited to):

Applicants are required to pass a driving assessment conducted by The Blue Lamp Trust and provide a Group 2 medical certificate signed by a Medical Practitioner who has access to their medical records stating that they are physically and mentally fit to drive. Additionally, the applicant will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check, a DVLA driving licence check and must have passed the Council taxi competency test.

Applicants will need to undertake a Safeguarding and a Disability Awareness course. Both are online courses run by The Blue Lamp Trust.


Please note: where an application is withdrawn or refused the Council reserves the right to levy a reasonable and proportionate administration fee to cover the costs of processing up to the point of withdrawal or refusal. Where a licence is suspended or revoked, there will be no reimbursement of the application fee.

Last updated: Wednesday, 11 May 2022 11:39 am