Vehicles

Two types of vehicles operate under license within the borough:

Hackney carriages

  • Hackney carriages have an illuminated roof sign.
  • Hackney carriages have a meter set to the council's correct tariff.
  • Hackney carriages display of the table of fares inside.
  • Hackney carriages can be flagged down for fares.

The licensing section are working hard to ensure a high standard of hackney carriages. New applications for licensed hackney carriage vehicles are only accepted if the vehicle is purpose built, wheelchair accessible. The vehicle must be less than five years old when the application is made and it will not be licensed by the council when it has reached the age of 9 years. Vehicles irrespective of age are tested twice a year. Vehicles must be red, black or blue.

Private hire vehicles

  • Private hire vehicles should be booked in advance with a licensed private hire operator.
  • The vehicle must be less than five years old when the application is made and it will not be licensed by the council when it has reached the age of 9 years. Vehicles irrespective of age are tested twice a year.
  • Private hire vehicles cannot pick up members of the public off the street.
  • There is no┬árestriction on colour for private hire vehicles.
Need further help or information?

Contact the team directly on 01773 841637 or email licensing@ambervalley.gov.uk