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Hackney carriage vehicle licences

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Hackney carriage taxis:

  • can be hailed immediately or pre-booked
  • can use designated taxi ranks within the West Oxfordshire District Council area
  • have their fares set by the council

You must have a licence to use your vehicle as a taxi.

What you will need to apply for a licence

  • proof of insurance
  • meter calibration certificate
  • valid MOT – unless the vehicle is less than 1 year old from first registration
  • V5 or proof of purchase
  • LOLER and weight test certificate (for wheelchair accessible vehicles only)

Costs

  • £250 for a new licence
  • £185 for a licence renewal

Vehicle requirements

  • for new and transfer applications, the vehicle must be less than 5 years old from the date of first registration
  • for renewal applications, the vehicle must be less than 15 years old from the date of first registration

The vehicle must have:

  • a fare meter
  • roof signs
  • no smoking signs
  • first aid kit
  • fire extinguisher

Wheelchair accessible vehicles are exempt from the age requirements. Other specialist vehicles may also be exempt.

Licence renewals

You can renew your licence at a reduced cost if you return the application form at least 7 days before your licence expires.

If your licence has expired you’ll need to apply for a new licence at the full cost.

It is your responsibility to check the expiry date of your licence. We will not send you a reminder or any other documentation.

Apply

Return your completed application form, supporting documents and fee to ers@westoxon.gov.uk

Or you can post them to us at:

Licensing
Environmental and Regulatory Services
Council Offices
Woodgreen
Witney
OX28 1NB

How you can pay:

  • by phone (01993) 861000
  • by cheque sent with your application form

We’ll process your application within 5 working days.

Licence transfers

You can transfer your licence to another vehicle or person. Transfer applications have the same requirements as new vehicles.

Use the form below to apply. We’ll process your application within one working day.

Transfer fees:

Type

Fee

Temporary Vehicle (Insurance Company)

£250.00

Transfer vehicle licence to another person

£25.00

Transfer vehicle to another vehicle (1 year)  

£180.00

Transfer vehicle to another vehicle (remainder of plate) 

£86.00

Change of Registration Number     

£86.00

 

Other vehicle fees

Type

Fee

Replacement Vehicle Internal Plate

£28.00

Replacement Vehicle External Plate

£33.00

Replacement bracket  

£10.00

Administration charge for any other requests

£25.00

 We will not refund any licences.

Report an accident

You must notify us if you have an accident that affects your vehicle or customer convenience. Complete the accident form below and return it to ers@publicagroup.uk no more than 72 hours after the accident.