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Taxi/private car licences

Taxi drivers, their vehicles and taxi operators have to undergo a series of checks before a license can be issued.

Checks on taxi drivers include:

  • A Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check to search an individual's criminal record to establish whether or not they are a safe person to drive members of the public.
  • A Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) check about the individual's driving history.
  • A medical examination to make sure the individual is physically strong enough to lift heavy objects like luggage and wheelchairs
  • A knowledge test of the roads, towns and villages in the area
  • Two character references are required, one from the current employer and one from a professionally qualified person.
  • A local authority check to make sure an individual has not had their taxi licence withdrawn by another council

Applicants for licenses have to pay a fee to cover the costs of these checks.

Taxi licenses are administered by district councils.

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