Hackney carriage or private hire vehicle licence


For the safety and protection of the public, all taxis must be licensed.

You can apply for a hackney carriage or a private hire vehicle licence:

  • hackney carriage vehicles can ply for hire on the streets and can use the taxi ranks around Thurrock – on being awarded a hackney carriage driver licence you will be granted a dual hackney carriage and private hire driver's licence

  • private hire vehicles can be booked for hire by the public through a licensed private hire operator – private hire vehicles cannot ply for hire and cannot use taxi ranks

Licences are valid for 12 months.

Check a licence

You can check whether a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle is licensed with us.

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Policy and conditions

We have a policy relating to the type of vehicles that can be used as a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle and conditions that the vehicle once licensed must comply with: