Taxi Licence

Whether you’re driving a Hackney Carriage or a Private Hire Vehicle (PHV), you’ll need a licence approved by your Licensing Authority before you can start trading legally.

The application process is quite straightforward and many people are able to complete it without the help of a solicitor.

However, if your application is opposed or rejected you may need us to help prepare an appeal on your behalf or represent you before the taxi licence committee.

As one of the largest specialist licensing solicitors in the UK, we can take care of everything from preparing the necessary papers to representing you in court.


Hackney Carriage

Are defined most recently in the Transport Act 1985 and may carry passengers for hire and reward, be hailed by prospective customers in their licence area, park at a designated rank within their licence area awaiting passengers and must only be driven by the holder of a hackney carriage driver’s licence.

Licensing Authority

The relevant local authority area in which the vehicle is licensed or operates.

Private Hire Vehicle (PHV)

Are defined in the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 (outside London) and The Private Hire Vehicles (London) Act 1998 (within London).  A Private Hire Vehicle cannot ply for trade or stand at a rank like a hackney carriage, it must be pre-booked with a Private Hire Operator.  A PHV must be driven by the holder of a private hire driver’s licence. Licensing Authorities may refuse Private Hire Driver Licences to persons they do not deem to be fit and proper.