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Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicle Licences

The difference between Hackney Carriages and Private Hire Vehicles is not commonly known to members of the public.

A Hackney Carriage may ‘ply for hire’ from an appointed “taxi” or Hackney Carriage stand or rank within the district in which it is licensed. It may also be hailed and booked from a public street in that district.

A Private Hire Vehicle may only undertake journeys booked in advance.

Hackney Carriages or Private Hire Vehicles licensed by Oadby and Wigston Borough Council must display internal and external licence plates at all times in a position approved by the Council. Hackney Carriages display a blue plate and Private Hire vehicles display an orange plate.

The Council’s policy on vehicles exists for the reasons of Public Safety to ensure that the standard of vehicle remain suitable for the safe transport of members of the public.

The following age limits apply:

  • Vehicles to be licensed for the first time must be under 5 years of age.
  • Vehicles over the age of 11 years will not be licensed.
  • All Vehicles require a visual test conducted by the Licensing Team prior to obtaining a mechanical inspection.

Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicles are exempt from requiring an MOT and Oadby and Wigston Borough Council has the responsibility to ensure that the vehicles it licences are in condition to be used on public roads and requires them to be tested at a Council approved vehicle testing station to a standard higher than an MOT.

Licensed vehicles are also required to carry:

  • Fire Extinguisher
  • First Aid Kit
  • Spare Wheel or Puncture repair kit
  • No smoking signs
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