Taxis

 

Taxi Law

The legislation governing the licensing of hackney carriages and private hire vehicles etc. includes:

 

Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicle Drivers

Any person driving a licensed vehicle in the Daventry District must be licensed as a Hackney Carriage Driver or Private Hire Driver.

 

The Licensing Section has a duty to ensure that licenses to drive hackney carriages and private hire vehicles are only granted to “fit and proper” persons.

 

In order to establish an applicant’s suitability to be licensed as a driver, the Licensing Section requires:

 

  • Successful completion of the Standard taxi assessment.  Providers include: Green Penny, Diamond.

  • Successful completion of a Knowledge test, which includes basic understanding of written and spoken English, numeracy and local route mapping.  PLEASE NOTE: Starting from April 2016 the knowledge test has changed to include a section of 5-6 questions which will include a few questions about the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy & Conditions as well as questions about child sexual exploitation. When visiting for a Knowledge Test from 1st January 2018 onwards, you will be required to show us your Current Valid UK (or Equivalent) Driving Licence and document(s) to confirm your eligibility to live and work in the UK.  Failure to provide these documents prior to the test will result in you being unable to take the test on that date, and having to rebook and pay an additional £40 to be booked on a test at a later date.  

  • Completion of an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service application (formerly CRB)

  • If necessary, a Certificate of Good Conduct from any Countries, outside of the United Kingdom, an applicant has lived in for the past 5 years

  • A medical examination.

 

The applicant must have held a full British Driver’s Licence (or European Equivalent) for at least 12 months, and be over 21 years of age.

 

If unlicensed operators, vehicles and drivers trade illegally, passengers may not be insured.

 

The application form and some other necessary documents for applying for a vehicle driver’s licence are available below.  Please note that applications will not be processed until the applicant has successfully passed a knowledge test.

 

Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy & Conditions | Mock Knowledge Test | Landmarks used for the knowledge test | Knowledge Test Criteria | Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Driver Application | Medical Form | Child Sexual Exploitation Information

 

Please note:  A Disclosure and Barring Service application form is not available on the website.  You will need to contact the office to arrange an appointment with the Licensing team to complete that process.

 

Hackney Carriage vehicles

Hackney Carriage vehicles can be any make or model of traditional car or a “black cab” style.  They are allowed to ply for hire from the street or wait at a designated taxi rank.  Certain conditions apply to Hackney Carriage vehicles.  These help to identify the vehicle as a licensed taxi within the Daventry District.

 

One condition that applies is that the vehicle must be less than 4 years old at the time it is first licensed.  We operate an Exceptional Vehicle Age Policy, which enables vehicles to be considered for further licensing after they become 7 years old.  Hackney Carriages that meet the criteria to be licensed under the Exceptional Vehicle Age Policy have to pass 3 MOT/Fitness tests per year.

 

If unlicensed operators, vehicles and drivers trade illegally, passengers may not be insured.

 

Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy & Conditions | Hackney Carriage Vehicle Initial Application form

 

Private Hire Vehicles

Private Hire Vehicles can be any make or model of traditional car or a “black cab” style.  They are not allowed to ply for hire from the street or wait at a designated taxi rank.  They must be pre-booked.   Certain other conditions apply to Private Hire Vehicles.  These help to identify the vehicle as a licensed Private Hire Vehicle within the Daventry District.

 

One condition that applies is that the vehicle must be less than 4 years old at the time it is first licensed.  We operate an Exceptional Vehicle Age Policy, which enables vehicles to be considered for further licensing after they become 7 years old.  Private Hire Vehicles that meet the criteria to be licensed under the Exceptional Vehicle Age Policy have to have 3 MOT/Fitness tests per year.

 

If unlicensed operators, vehicles and drivers trade illegally, passengers may not be insured.

 

Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy & Conditions | Private Hire Vehicle Initial Application form

  

Private Hire Operators

 

All Private Hire Vehicles must be operated from an official Private Hire Office, licensed by Daventry District Council. 

 

Planning Permission may be required for new operators offices.  Further information can be obtained from Daventry District Council Planning Department.

 

If unlicensed operators, vehicles and drivers trade illegally, passengers may not be insured.  Applicants to become a Private Hire Operator must be over 21 years of age.

 

Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy & Conditions | Private Hire Operator Licence Application

 

Taxi licensing fees

 

There are various fees required payable for applications for vehicle/driver licences.


These are reviewed annually.

 

The current fees are listed below (as of 29 August 2017):

 

  

Type of application

2017/18

Drivers

 

New (3 year)

£168                

Renewal (3 year)

£158

DBS (Formerly CRB)

£53.20

Medical

Price varies depending on doctors charge

Knowledge Test

£40

Vehicles

 

New

£153                

Renewal

£143                

MOT/Fitness Test

£56

Operators

 

New (5 year)

£223, plus £22 per vehicle

Renewal (5 year)

£223, plus £22 per vehicle

 

 

Please Note: From April 2012 we will only accept payment made via the Internet, or card payments paid in these offices.

 

Hackney carriage fares

 

Tariff Information

 

Tariff 1 (Day) 7:00am – 11:00pm Minimum Charge £1.80

Waiting time for each 80 seconds, is 20p (includes periods when the vehicle is stationary)

 

Charged in units of 176 yards (161m) at a cost of 0.20p per unit

 

Distance

Cost

1 mile

£3.20

2 miles

£5.20

3 miles

£7.20

4 miles

£9.20

5 miles

£11.20

6 miles

£13.20

7 miles

£15.20

8 miles

£17.20

9 miles

£19.20

10 miles

£21.20

 

Tariff 2 Night 11:00pm – 7:00am; Sundays 7:00am – 11:00pm; Bank Holidays 7:00am – 11:00pm Minimum Charge £2.20

 

Waiting time for each 80 seconds is 30p (includes periods when the vehicle is stationary)

 

Charged in units of 176 yards (161m) at a cost of 0.30p per unit

Distance

Cost

1 mile

£4.30

2 miles

£7.30

3 miles

£10.30

4 miles

£13.30

5 miles

£16.30

6 miles

£19.30

7 miles

£22.30

8 miles

£25.30

9 miles

£28.30

10 miles

£31.30

 

Tariff 3 Christmas and New Year - For journeys started between 6pm on December 24th and 7am on December 27th; and between 6pm on 31st December and 7am on 2nd January - Minimum Charge £3.60

 

Waiting time for each 80 seconds is 40p (includes periods when the vehicle is stationary

 

Charged in units of 176 yards (161m) at a cost of 0.40p per unit

Distance

Cost

1 mile

£6.40

2 miles

£10.40

3 miles

£14.40

4 miles

£18.40

5 miles

£22.40

6 miles

£26.40

7 miles

£30.40

8 miles

£34.40

9 miles

£38.40

10 miles

£42.40

  

Extra charges – 10p for every additional passenger excluding children under the age of 5

                              Maximum £50 - Soiling charge

 

The above charges are a general guide.  Journeys outside the Daventry District will normally be metered unless an alternative tariff is agreed prior to the start of a journey.

 

Child Sexual Exploitation

 

A series of recent serious case reviews such as those in Rotherham and more locally in Oxfordshire have highlighted the fact that numerous vulnerable children are at risk of Child Sexual Exploitation.  Everyone should have a concern that vulnerable young people are being abused in this way and everyone can play a part in helping to tackle this problem which is not only happening in other parts of the Country. Everyone needs to be aware that such exploitation can happen anywhere.  For further information, including common warning signs to look out for, download our awareness raising document.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What should a first-aid box in my vehicle contain?

The decision on what to provide will be influenced by the findings of the first-aid needs assessment. As a guide, where work activities involve low hazards, a minimum stock of first-aid items might be:

  • a leaflet giving general guidance on first aid (for example, HSE's leaflet Basic advice on first aid at work);
  • individually wrapped sterile plasters (assorted sizes);
  • sterile eye pads;
  • individually wrapped triangular bandages, preferably sterile (x2);
  • safety pins (x3);
  • large sterile individually wrapped unmedicated wound dressings;
  • medium-sized sterile individually wrapped unmedicated wound dressings;
  • disposable gloves

 

It is recommended that you don't keep tablets and medicines in the first-aid box.

More advice is given in HSE's free leaflet: First aid at work: your questions answered.

How often should the contents of first-aid boxes be replaced?

Although there is no specified review timetable, many items, particularly sterile ones, are marked with expiry dates. They should be replaced by the dates given and expired items disposed of safely. In cases where sterile items have no dates, it would be advisable to check with the manufacturers to find out how long they can be kept. For non-sterile items without dates, it is a matter of judgement, based on whether they are fit for purpose.