Hackney Carriage & Private Hire Driver

Taxi

A licence is required before any person can drive a Hackney Carriage (Taxi) or Private Hire vehicle.

By becoming a combined Hackney Carriage and Private Hire driver you can play a part in delivering a safe, reliable and integrated service to everybody who lives, works or visits Bassetlaw.

Please read the information contained on this page in conjunction with the Bassetlaw District Council Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy.

What Are The Requirements  to Apply?

There are specific requirements that you must meet in order to progress with the application:

  • Must be a “fit and proper person” to hold a licence.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must have held a full driver’s licence (not a provisional licence) granted under Part III of the Road Traffic Act 1972 authorising you to drive a motor car for at least 12 months prior to the date of the application. The driving licence must have been issued in the UK, the European Community (EC) or one of the other countries in the European Economic Area (EEA). Applicants that hold full EC or EEA licences for at least one year will have the length of time that they have held such licences taken into consideration, however holders of these licences will only be issued with a licence for 12 months – the licence will not be renewed unless the EC or EEA licence is exchanged for a full UK licence (as required by national legislation).
  • Must participate in a medical in accordance with the Group 2 medical standards applied by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA). The medical has to be carried out by Medigold Health, at their Nottingham Centre.  
  • Must undergo and pass a knowledge test of the Bassetlaw area.  All combined Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Drivers must have an in depth knowledge of the road network allowing you to plan a journey or to locate places of interest within Bassetlaw (without the aid of satellite navigation system).
  • Must provide an enhanced criminal record check carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Licences will not be granted unless the applicant is able to provide at least five years UK address history except in the following cases:
  • The applicant is able to provide a document from an EU member state, which is the equivalent of a UK issued Enhanced DBS Certificate
  • If this cannot be provided then an official document provided by the embassy of a non-EU member state will be acceptable, provided that the document can be verified and is comparable to a UK issued Enhanced DBS Certificate

In either of the cases above, the onus is on the applicant to obtain such a document, and the applicant remains liable for all associated costs.

  • If applicants have spent a period living outside the UK, they are required to obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct. The Certificate must obtain this from all non-UK countries which the applicant has lived in.
  • Must participate in Safeguarding Vulnerable Passenger Training and pass the assessment (for more information see below)
  • Must prove their entitlement to work in the UK as a Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Driver
  • Must pass a Practical Driving Assessment with the Councils named provider
  • Must provide 2 satisfactory references

Once you have completed all parts of the application process you will need to make an appointment to visit one of the Licensing Enforcement Officers to submit your application and pay the fee. At this appointment you need to bring with you the following documentation:-  

  • The completed application form.
  • Your DVLA Driving Licence and photo-card (the original and not a photocopy) showing your current address. 
  • Three colour passport size photographs taken within the last month. Please note: no sunglasses or hats to be worn.
  • The appropriate fee for either a one, two or three-year driver’s licence.
  • Practical Driving Assessment Pass Certificate
  • DBS Certificate and certificate of good conduct (if required)
  • Medical Certificate which has been certified by Medigold Health (Nottingham) 
  • Proof of your entitlement to work as a Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Driver in the UK
  • Evidence that you have attended the Safeguarding Vulnerable Person Training and passed the assessment

Applications will not be accepted without the production of the above.

In certain cases, applications may need to be referred to the Licensing committee. In these cases, the Licensing committee will make a decision on the application. A Licence will only be issued once all checks have been completed to ascertain that the you are a “Fit and Proper Person” to hold a Drivers Licence.

The Licensing Enforcement Officers will need to contact applicant’s references before a licence can be issued

Please note that cheques or postal orders should be made payable to Bassetlaw District Council.  Debit and Credit cards are acceptable via telephone or at the Council Offices, Retford, or main reception, Queen’s Buildings, Worksop.  We are unable to accept cash payments.

Disclosure and Barring Service Checks

New applicants should visit Personnel Checks to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced check. 

A DBS Certificates may be accepted which have been issued to other local authorities if:

  1. It is an enhanced DBS certificate and have been processed in relation to the child and adult workforce employment position; and
  2. The enhanced DBS certificate has been printed within the last two months

The date displayed on the DBS Certificate, which is presented to the Council in support of an application cannot not be more than 2 months before the date that the licence is granted.

The Council requires all drivers to have a DBS and DVLA check annually (each year by the
anniversary date of the licence). If the information is not provided to the Council by the
anniversary date of the grant of the licence the licence may be suspended or revoked until the information is provided.

During the operational period of a driver’s licence Licensees can subscribe to the DBS Online Update Service rather than having to undertake a full annual DBS check. Please see the link below for further information on how to do this:

DBS UPDATING SERVICE

You must register for the updating service within 19 days of your DBS certificate being issued the cost of the service is £13 (as at Jan 2017). A subscription to the update service lasts for one year. You can renew your subscription through the update service, either:

  • when you first register, by choosing automatic renewal
  • up to 30 days before your current subscription ends - but you can’t renew on the last day of your subscription

If you don’t renew your subscription before it ends, you’ll need to apply for a new DBS check and register for the update service again.

If you choose not to register for the update service, you will have to apply for an enhanced DBS certificate each year by contacting Personnel Checks via telephone on 01254 355662

During the operational period of a driver licence the Licensee just provide an access code to the Council to enable Officers of the Council to access his/her DVLA record each year. Failure to provide the access information by the anniversary date of the grant of a licence may result in the suspension or revocation of the driver’s licence and referral to the Licensing Committee.

Knowledge Test

Before an application will be accepted, new applicants must attend and pass the Council's knowledge test.

A fee of £45 is payable prior to taking the test.

If you fail the test you must wait one calendar month before you are allowed to re-book a re-sit of the test.

You are able to sit the Knowledge Test a maximum of three times. If you fail, the Knowledge Test three times you must to wait 12 calendar months (from the date you sat your last test) before you can re-apply for a Drivers Licence and attempt to pass the test again.

Practical Driving Assessment

All new applicants are required to satisfactorily complete a practical driving assessment with the Council's specified tester, Personnel Checks. Bookings for the assessment can be made by calling 01254 355662. 

PLEASE NOTE - The person who is sitting the assessment is the person who must make the booking for the Practical Driving Assessment, bookings via third parties will not be accepted.

You will have to take the test in your own vehicle. At the time of booking the assessment you will be required to

  • Pay the fee of £90 (VAT inclusive)
  • The make, model and the colour of the vehicle which you will be using to sit the assessment

On the day of the assessment you will be required to attend in your vehicle at Coach Road, Shireoaks, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S81 8BW. Please DO NOT go into the DVSA Test Centre as the DVSA no longer offer Taxi Driver Assessments. The assessor will come to your vehicle. Before the assessment can commence you will be required to produce:

  • Proof that you are insured to drive the vehicle, this must be fully comprehensive insurance
  • Your photo card driving licence
  • Proof of identity and address

What Does The Assessment Involve?

1. Eyesight Test

At the start, you’ll have to read a number plate from a distance of:

  • 20 metres for vehicles with a new-style number plate
  • 20.5 metres for vehicles with an old-style number plate

New-style number plates start with two letters followed by two numbers, for example, AB51 ABC.

You must use glasses or contact lenses during the whole test if you need them to read the number plate.

You cannot take the driving part of the assessment if you fail the eyesight test. 

2. Practical Assessment

The assessment will include:

  • a manoeuvre where you’ll be asked to turn your vehicle to face the opposite direction
  • around 10 minutes of driving without being given turn-by-turn directions by the examiner
  • stops at the side of the road as if a passenger is getting in or out
  • related questions, like what to do if a passenger leaves property in your vehicle
  • questions from The Highway Code and identifying traffic signs and road markings

You might also be asked to do an emergency stop.

To pass the assessment you must make no more than nine faults. You may also be failed if you make a serious or dangerous fault.

Applicants who can provide a valid Driver Certificate of Professional Competence Card (CPC) with their application are to be exempt from providing proof that they have completed and passed the take the Practical Taxi Driving Assessment

References

New applicants are required to produce the details of two persons who can act as referees to support their application. One of these persons should be the your current or last employer and one from the list of acceptable professional persons below. The referee should not be related to you or a family friend:

The list of acceptable referees are:

  • Bank or Building Society Official
  • Police Officer
  • Civil Servant
  • Minister of a recognised religion
  • Teacher/Lecturer
  • Accountant
  • Solicitor
  • Barrister
  • Engineer (with professional qualifications)
  • Chairman/Director of a Limited Company
  • Chemist
  • Commissioner for Oaths
  • Councillor - Local or County
  • Dentist
  • Director/Manager of a VAT registered Charity
  • Director/Manager/Personnel Officer of a VAT registered Company
  • Approved Driving Instructor
  • Fire Service official
  • Funeral Director
  • Journalist
  • Justice of the Peace
  • Nurse (RN, SEN or holder of a BA in nursing)
  • Optician
  • Paralegal (Certified or Qualified Paralegals and Associate Members of the Institute of Paralegals)
  • Person with honours (e.g. OBE, MBE etc)
  • President/Secretary of a recognised organisation
  • Surveyor
  • Valuers and Auctioneers (Fellow and Associate members of the incorporated society)
  • Social worker
  • Chiropodist
  • Member of Parliament

If you would like the Licensing Team to process your references while you are completing other aspects of the application process, please contact the Licensing Enforcement Officers on 01909 533137 to provide the details of your referees. 

Medicals for New Applicants

New Applicants are required to undergo a medical which meets 'Group 2' standards with the Councils current medical provider.

The Council must be satisfied that you meet the 'Group 2' standards.

A medical to 'Group 2' standards will be required on first application and then every five years from the age of 45. On reaching the age of 65 a medical will be required annually.

The Council may also request a medical at any other time it feels may be necessary to ascertain a persons’ fitness to drive a licensed vehicle. The Council’s current medical provider is:

Medigold Health Consultancy Ltd, Church House, Bestwood Park Church, Beckhampton Road, Bestwood Park, Nottingham, NG5 5NG
Tel: 0115 9209901

You are required to contact Medigold Health and make an appointment for your medical examination, this is to ensure that the appointment time is convenient to you.

Cancellations at short notice will incur a charge. If you need to cancel or rearrange an appointment you are required to contact Medigold Health via telephone on 0115 9209901. Cancellations made less than 24 hours before the appointment time, or "no shows" to a previously arranged appointment will incur a fee. This fee will be applied to your next appointment in addition to the fee for the examination itself.

Please see the forms below which you are required to complete before the appointment and which you need to have completed by the doctor at the appointment

Bassetlaw District Council Medical Certificate

Medigold Health Questionnaire

Right to Work In The UK

Following the implementation of the relevant section of the Immigration Act 2016, Bassetlaw District Council is required to conduct checks to ascertain that an applicant is not disqualified by their immigration status from holding a Private Hire or Hackney Carriage Drivers Licence. These checks must be performed when you first apply for a new licence or first applies to renew or extend their licence on or after 1st December 2016.

If you have time-limited permission to be in the UK and work, the check must be repeated at each subsequent application to renew or extend the licence until such time as you are able to demonstrate that you are entitled to remain indefinitely in the UK, without restriction on your ability to work.

The documents referred to in the list of acceptable documents (see below) will indicate whether you have temporary permission to be in the UK or if you are entitled to remain indefinitely in the UK.

Bassetlaw District Council must be satisfied you are not disqualified from holding a licence before we issue you with a licence.

List of Acceptable Documents

Safeguarding Vulnerable Passenger Training 

The training was introduced across Nottinghamshire in early 2016 for holders of Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Drivers Vehicle Licences. Applicants for Carriage and Private Hire Drivers Vehicle Licences are required to undertake the training, and pass the assessment, before applying for a new licence or renewing their current licence. This training course is designed to either maintain or establish a person’s status as a ‘fit and proper’ Carriage and Private Hire Drivers Vehicle Licences with us. Applicants can either attend a course which is hosted by Bassetlaw District Council or by the following District Councils: 

  • Newark and Sherwood District Council
  • Broxtowe District Council
  • Rushcliffe District Council
  • Ashfield District Council
  • Mansfield District Council 

The training will take around two hours and at the end of the session there will be an assessment containing nine questions. These questions are based around what has been discussed in the training session. The assessment pass rate is 66% (6 out of 9 questions). If you feel you require additional assistance at either the training or assessment, please speak to the Licensing Enforcement Officers at the time of booking. 

The following sessions are currently available for you to book on to:

  • 10:30 am 20 June 2017 at Bassetlaw District Council
  • 10:30 am 19 September 2017 at Bassetlaw District Council
  • 10:30 am 5 December 2017 at Bassetlaw District Council

The above list will be updated as and when more dates become available.

If you are applying for or renewing a Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Drivers Vehicle Licences with Bassetlaw District Council, or Private Hire Operators Licence, you need to contact Bassetlaw District Council's Licensing Department to book a place on any of the above listed sessions. You will need to state the date, location and time at which you wish to attend.  You can make a booking in any of the following ways: 

By email to licensing@bassetlaw.gov.uk

By telephone to 01909 533137 

The cost of the training and the assessment is £17.00. This fee has to be paid to Bassetlaw District Council no later than 48 hours before the date of the course you are attending. If you fail to make payment you will not be allowed access onto the course and your space will be released to allow others to book on.

Renewals of Combined Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Drivers Licences

Those who already hold a Combined Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Drivers Licence with Bassetlaw District Council can apply to renew their licence at the with Personnel Checks. Please contact them for further information on 01254 355662 

Once you have received your DBS Certificate you will need to make an appointment to visit one of the Licensing Enforcement Officers to submit the application and fee, bringing with you the following documentation:

  • The completed application form
  • DBS Certificate and certificate of good conduct (if required)
  • Three colour passport size photographs taken within the last month. Please note: no sunglasses or hats to be worn
  • The appropriate fee for either a one, two or three-year driver’s licence
  • Evidence that you have attended the Safeguarding Vulnerable Person Training and passed the assessment (see above)
  • Proof of your entitlement to work as a Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Driver in the UK

It is your responsibility to ensure a renewal applicant is made prior to the expiry of an existing licence.  If you fail to make and complete the renewal process before the expiry date of your current licence a new licence WILL NOT be issued by the Department in the interim. A licence will only be issued once all checks have been completed to ensure you are a “fit and proper person” to hold a licence. If you fail to renew your licence within one month from the date of expiry (of your old licence) you will be treated as a new driver and will be required to submit an application on this basis before a licence will be issued (see above).

In certain cases, applications may need to be referred to the Licensing Committee. In these cases the Licensing Committee will make a decision on the application.

Please note that cheques or postal orders should be made payable to Bassetlaw District Council.  Debit and Credit cards are acceptable via telephone or at the Council Offices in Retford or main reception at Queen’s Buildings, Worksop.  We are unable to accept cash payments.

Medicals for Current Licence Holders

A medical to Group 2 standards will be require every five years from the age of 45. On reaching the age of 65 a medical will be required annually.

The Council may also request a medical at any other time it feels may be necessary to ascertain a persons’ fitness to drive a licensed vehicle. The Council’s current medical provider is

Medigold Health Consultancy Ltd, Church House, Bestwood Park Church, Beckhampton Road, Bestwood Park, Nottingham, NG5 5NG
Tel: 0115 9209901

You are required to contact Medigold Health and make an appointment for your medical examination, this is to ensure that the appointment time is convenient to you.

Cancellations at short notice will incur a charge. If you need to cancel or rearrange an appointment you are required to contact Medigold Health via telephone on 0115 9209901. Cancellations made less than 24 hours before the appointment time, or "no shows" to a previously arranged appointment will incur a fee. This fee will be applied to your next appointment in addition to the fee for the examination itself.

Please see the forms below which you are required to complete before the appointment and which you need to have completed by the doctor at the appointment

Bassetlaw District Council Medical Certificate

Medigold Health Questionnaire

Right to Work in the UK for Current Licence Holders

Following the implementation of the relevant sections of the Immigration Act 2016 Bassetlaw District Council are required to conduct checks to ascertain that you are not disqualified, by your immigration status, from holding a Private Hire or Hackney Carriage Drivers Licence. These checks must be performed when you apply to renew or extend their licence on or after 1 December 2016.

If you have time limited permission to be in the UK and work, the check must be repeated at each subsequent application to renew or extend your licence and until such time as you are able to demonstrate that you are entitled to remain indefinitely in the UK, without restriction on your ability to work.

The documents referred to in the list of acceptable documents (see below) will indicate whether you have temporary permission to be in the UK or if you are entitled to remain indefinitely in the UK.

Bassetlaw District Council must be satisfied you are not disqualified from holding a licence before we issue you with a licence.

List of Acceptable Documents

Disclosure and Barring Service Checks for Current Licence Holders

You will be contacted by Personnel Checks prior to your renewal date to make an application for your enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate. 

A DBS Certificate may be accepted which has been issued to another local authority if:

  1. It is an enhanced DBS certificate and have been processed in relation to the child and adult workforce employment position; and
  2. The enhanced DBS certificate has been printed within the last two months

The date displayed on any DBS Certificate, which is presented to the Council in support of an application cannot not be more than 2 months before the date that the licence is granted.

The Council requires all drivers to have a DBS and DVLA check annually (each year by the
anniversary date of the licence). If the information is not provided to the Council by the
anniversary date of the grant of the licence the licence may be suspended or revoked until the information is provided.

During the operational period of a driver’s licence Licensees can subscribe to the DBS Online Update Service rather than having to undertake a full annual DBS check. Please see the link below for further information on how to do this:

DBS UPDATING SERVICE

You must register for the updating service within 19 days of your DBS certificate being issued the cost of the service is £13 (as at Jan 2017). A subscription to the update service lasts for one year. You can renew your subscription through the update service, either:

  • when you first register, by choosing automatic renewal
  • up to 30 days before your current subscription ends - but you can’t renew on the last day of your subscription

If you don’t renew your subscription before it ends, you’ll need to apply for a new DBS check and register for the update service again.

If you choose not to register for the update service, you will have to apply for an enhanced DBS certificate each year by contacting Personnel Checks via telephone on 01254 355662

During the operational period of a driver licence the Licensee just provide an access code to the Council to enable Officers of the Council to access his/her DVLA record each year. Failure to provide the access information by the anniversary date of the grant of a licence may result in the suspension or revocation of the driver’s licence and referral to the Licensing Committee.

How to Apply/Renew?

Please read the guidance notes to applicants, the Bassetlaw District Council Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy and complete the application form.

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