Taxi Driver's Licence
All taxi drivers in the district require a licence from the Council. The licence is issued under an Act of Parliament called the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976, and it is referred to as a driver's licence.
Make an initial application
To apply for your driver's licence you must complete the relevant application form:
In addition to your completed drivers application form, you will need to supply the following documents:
- Current driving licence (photocard and counterpart)
- Two current passport-sized photographs
- Fully completed and signed DVLA form (this is attached to the application form)
- Fully completed and signed Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly Criminal Records Bureau) Certificate
- Full payment of the appropriate fee.
Checks and tests
The Council must determine if you are a "fit and proper person" under the terms of the Act in order to issue a licence. This involves a series of tests and checks being carried out with various organisations, these are:
- Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) assessment: This involves a search of your individual criminal record to establish whether or not you are safe person to drive members of the public, some of which may be vulnerable, elderly, or infirm. The DBS provides a centralised disclosure service that deals with all checks of criminal records for the Council. (The DBS Certificate replaced the CRB Certificate).
- Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) Check: This check can sometimes be referred to as a' Swansea ' check (the DVLA are based in Swansea). It is designed to give the Council an idea of your individual driving history. This is necessary to determine whether or not you are a safe driver and capable of driving a vehicle in the manner expected of a taxi driver. It is also used to confirm that an applicant has held a full driving licence for a period of at least three years.
- Medical Examination: To drive a taxi you must be able to physically carry out the work required of a licensed driver. This may involve lifting heavy objects such as luggage and possibly people's wheelchairs. Certain medical conditions may mean that you are not capable of driving professionally and it is important that the Council know about such problems.
- Knowledge Test: In order for you to become a licensed taxi driver it is important that you have a good working knowledge of the area in which you are going to work. The Knowledge Test is designed to test your knowledge of the area and the conditions that apply to licensed drivers.
- Local Authority Check: If you have been previously licensed with another local authority or had a driver's licence revoked or suspended then you must declare this on the application form.
The current cost of an initial licence application is £140 and it is £115 for a renewal.
Processing your application
An application will not be accepted until all the paperwork has been received correctly and the full fee has been received.
The Licensing Team always aim to deal with your application as quickly as it can; however, because it is reliant on other organisations to provide it with some of the information the process can sometimes take longer than expected.
If you are successful in your application then a taxi driver's badge will be sent to you through the post along with your licence and a copy of the by laws.
If you are unsuccessful the matter will be referred to a regulatory panel. If you do not agree with the decision then you may appeal to the Magistrates Court within twenty-one days.
Conditions of your licence
Once you receive your taxi driver's badge you are licensed to drive either a hackney carriage or a private hire vehicle. These vehicles must be licensed by Harborough District Council, although the vehicle that you drive does not necessarily have to be owned by you.
Your badge and your paper licence, which will include the Council's conditions that apply to all licensed drivers, will be posted to your home address once a satisfactory reply has been received to all the checks that are made.
It is important that you read and fully understand the conditions. If you are found to be breaking them it may result in your licence being suspended or revoked.
Renew your licence
To renew your licence you must complete the process outlined for applying for an initial licence except that you do no have to re-sit the Taxi Driver's Knowledge Test. The cost to renew your licence and receive your new driver's badge is currently £115.
For further information about this licence complete a Licensing Information form.
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