Hackney Carriage Vehicles


A 'Hackney Carriage' is more commonly called a Taxi. It is the responsibility of the Council to regulate the number of Hackney Carriages it licences.

Please read the information contained on this page in conjunction with the Bassetlaw District Council Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy, which can be viewed here

This licence is required for any chauffeur-driven hire vehicle that will "ply for hire", be flagged down or hired at a taxi rank. Once licensed, a Taxi/Hackney Carriage is always a taxi until the licence expires.

Vehicles which are licenced as a Taxi/Hackney Carriage have a roof sign and display a white plate on the rear of the vehicle.

Before a vehicle is licensed it must pass an MOT and garage test to ensure its safety. We issue licences for taxis and ensure that the vehicles are suitable and adequately insured to ensure high standards of safety.

In addition, the licence is issued subject to the following conditions:

Identification Plates

The identification plate shall remain the property of the Council at all times and shall be affixed to the exterior rear of the vehicle and shall be maintained and kept in such condition that the information printed on the plate is clearly visible to the public at all times.

Maintenance of Vehicle

The vehicle and all its fittings and equipment shall at all times, whether the vehicle is in use or available for hire, be kept in an efficient, safe, tidy and clean condition and all relevant statutory requirements (including in particular those contained in Motor Vehicles Construction and use Regulations) shall be fully complied with.

Alteration of Vehicle

No material alteration or change in the specification, design, condition or appearance of the vehicle shall be made without the approval of the Council at any time while the licence is in force.


The proprietor of a hackney carriage shall not convey or permit to be conveyed in a licensed vehicle any greater number of persons than that prescribed on the licence issued by the Council and on the licence plate affixed to the rear of the vehicle. The driver shall not allow there to be conveyed in the front of a hackney carriage any child below the age of 10 years, or more than two people above that age. The driver shall not without the consent of the hirer of a vehicle convey or permit to be conveyed any other person in that vehicle.


The proprietor shall not permit any animals to ride in the vehicle except an animal in the custody or control of the hirer, which shall be conveyed in the rear of the vehicle (please see the Bassetlaw District Council Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Policy for exemptions and requirements relating to Assistance Dogs)

Safety Equipment

Luggage Rack

A suitable rack must be fitted in an estate type vehicle to prevent luggage entering the passenger compartment should the vehicle stop suddenly.

Fire Extinguisher

All vehicles must carry a Fire Extinguisher as specified in the Supplementary Testing Manual (see the Bassetlaw District Council Hackney Carriage Private Hire Policy). The Fire Extinguisher shall be securely fixed to the vehicle and to be readily visible and available for immediate use in an emergency.

First Aid Kit

All vehicles must carry a First Aid Kit as specified in the Supplementary Testing Manual (see the Bassetlaw District Council Hackney Carriage Private Hire Policy) 

Communications Equipment

Two Way Radios

The proprietor shall ensure that any radio equipment fitted to the private hire vehicle is at all times kept in a safe and sound condition and maintained in proper working order.

Mobile Telephones

Mobile telephones may only be used with a hands-free kit. Ideally this kit should be a hard wired, professionally fitted facility within the vehicle.


The proprietor shall ensure the vehicle is fitted with a taximeter approved by the Council, and that meter shall be maintained in a sound mechanical condition at all times. The taximeter shall be set for the current tariff agreed by the Council and shall be sealed to prevent unauthorised adjustment of that meter. The proprietor shall ensure the "For Hire " sign or other illuminated sign is extinguished when the fare commences, and the taximeter brought into operation.

Fare Tables

The proprietor shall ensure that a copy of the current fare table supplied by the Council is on display inside the hackney carriage at all times and that table is not concealed from view or rendered illegible when the vehicle is for hire.

Further details on the Scale of Fares can be found here

Vehicle Insurance

At all times during the currency of the Licence the proprietor shall keep in force in relation to the use of the vehicle as a hackney carriage a Policy of insurance complying with the requirements of Part V1 of the Road Traffic Act 1984. The proprietor shall produce to the Council a new Certificate of Insurance or cover note within 7 days of the expiry of every Certificate of Insurance or cover note prior to renewal date.

Insurance must be held in the name of the registered keeper of the vehicle.

If you are not the registered keeper, for example you will be renting a vehicle to use for hire, the vehicle proprietor can name you as a driver on their policy.  Some larger rental companies will take out insurance cover which states any driver can use the vehicle with the policy holders permission. 


The proprietor shall within seven days disclose to the Council in writing details of any conviction imposed on him (or, if the proprietor is a company or partnership, on any of the directors or partners) during the period of the insurance.

Change of Address

Any proprietor changing his place of abode must give notice in writing to the Council within seven days of such change.


A licence in respect of which the fee has been paid by cheque shall not be effective until the cheque has been cleared.

Display of Terms and Conditions

The proprietor of the vehicle shall at all times when the vehicle is being used by fare-paying passengers have within the vehicle for inspection by those passengers a copy of these terms and conditions.

No Smoking Requirements

Smoking in a smoke-free place is prohibited under the Health Act 2006. In this context a ‘smoke-free place’ will include a Taxi/Hackney Carriage Vehicles. In the context of the Health Act 2006, smoking relates to the smoking of cigarettes and other tobacco products

Electronic cigarettes, (also known as vaporisers or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS)) are battery-powered devices that deliver nicotine by heating a solution of nicotine, flavouring, additives and propylene glycol and/or vegetable glycerine (glycerol). The devices typically consist of a mouthpiece, battery and cartridge or tank containing the nicotine solution. The use of these devices is prohibited in Private Hire and Hackney Carriage Vehicles.

All licenced vehicles must display a no-smoking sign. This sign must also indicate that the use of electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes is prohibited in the vehicle. 


You must inform us, in person, within 72 hours of of the accident taking place.  You will be required to complete an accident report form (see below) which will be placed on your vehicle licence file

Accident Reporting Form

Apply for a Vehicle Licence

To apply for a Taxi/Hackney Carriage Licence please contact the Licensing Department on 01909 533283 or licensing@bassetlaw.gov.uk