Hackney carriage vehicle licences
To operate your vehicle as a taxi you need to get it licensed.
Hackney Carriage (taxi) vehicles
- can be hailed immediately (or pre-booked) by customers
- can use the designated taxi ranks anywhere within the Forest of Dean District Council area
- have maximum meter fares set by the council
Requirements of licence
- For new and transfer applications the vehicle must be less than five years old from date of first registration.
- For renewal applications the vehicle must be less than 15 years old from date of first registration.
- The vehicle must be fitted with a meter, roof signs, no smoking signs, first aid kit and fire extinguisher
Wheelchair accessible vehicles are exempt from the Age Policy. Specialist vehicles such as purpose built hackney carriage, Rolls Royce or stretched limousines may also be exempt from the age policy at the discretion of the licensing officers.
Documents required with application
- Insurance showing that you are covered for hire and reward and public hire use
- Meter calibration certificate
- An MOT (unless the vehicle is less than one year old from registration date)
- V5 (or proof of purchase)
- Completed application form (when you sign this you are agreeing to our conditions which can be found in the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Policy)
- LOLER and weight test certificate (wheelchair accessible vehicles only)
Hackney carriage licence fee
The fees are:
- £250 for a new licence*
- £185 to renew a licence*
*a 40% discount is applied to wheelchair accessible vehicles.
Please return your completed application form, documents and fee by:
- Email (pay by phone) email@example.com
- Post or deliver to: Environmental and Regulatory Services, Forest of Dean District Council, Council Offices, High Street, Coleford, Glos, GL16 8HG.
Your licence will be processed within five working days.
Taxi licence renewals
Please make sure that you know your licence expiry date. Renewal documents will not be provided so as the licence holder it's your responsibility to:
- download the application form from this page
- make sure you return the form to Environmental and Regulatory Services (ERS) seven working days before the licence expires
If you allow your licence to expire you will need to submit a new application rather than a renewal and new application criteria will apply.
Transfers of vehicle licences
Transfers follow the same requirements as new vehicles and will be processed within one working day.
Transfer vehicle fees
|Temporary Vehicle (Insurance Company)||£246.00|
|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
|Replacement Vehicle Internal Plate||£28.00|
|Replacement Vehicle External Plate||£33.00|
|Administration charge for any other requests||£25.00|
We will not refund any licences.