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Taxi-Private Hire

Information on licenses and guidance on licensing

The licensing section undertakes the licensing of hackney carriages vehicles & drivers, private hire vehicles & drivers and operators. 


The basic difference between the two types of vehicle is that hackney carriages can be 'flagged down' off the street or on a rank, whereas Private Hire Vehicles must be pre-booked through an Operator. If a private hire driver accepts a fare off the street without it being pre-booked, he/she is liable for prosecution. It is also important to note that anyone taking a journey in a private hire vehicle which has been 'flagged down' is not insured for the journey.


Both types of vehicle can only be driven by a licensed hackney carriage/private hire driver.


Licensed vehicles are governed by rules and conditions set by the council and this can be found in the 'blue book'| 


Information regarding pedicabs and Tuk Tuks|


View the full list of wheel chair accessible taxis.|

View Taxi & Private Hire Newsletter September 2014|


Application forms

Public carriage New Driver application & Guidance| 

Public carriage New Vehicle Notice of Intention|

Public carriage vehicle application form & guidance|

Public carriage operators licence application form|


Fares and Charges

Fares and Charges 2014|

Fees as of April 2014|


Related Information


Postal Address Customer Services Centre,
St Stephens Road, Bournemouth, Dorset
Telephone 01202 451451
Minicom 01202 454974
Email Enquiries
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