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About taxi vehicles and vehicle licences

All vehicles involved in taxi hire need to be licensed. The licence required will depend on how you wish to use the vehicle.

To find out about the vehicle and signage specifications for a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle, and about licence conditions, please see our Joint Taxi Licensing Policy.

For details on how we use data relating to licence holders and applicants, please see our privacy notice for licence holders and applicants.

Licence fees

Please refer to our notice about proposed changes to vehicle and operator licence fees to take effect from Monday 26 April 2021.

Hackney carriages

If you want to operate a taxi which can be hailed at a taxi rank, or flagged down in the street, then you will need a hackney carriage licence. Hackney carriages can also accept private bookings.

Hackney carriages must have a ‘taxi’ roof sign and charge a fare on a meter installed in the vehicle.

Private hire vehicles

Private hire vehicles must be booked in advance through a licensed private hire operator and the fare should be agreed at the time of booking.

Private hire vehicles cannot use taxi ranks or accept passengers who try to flag the vehicle down.

Vehicle licences

We issue a licence plate to all taxis operating in South Oxfordshire, this must be displayed on the rear of the vehicle.

Before we grant a vehicle licence, the applicant must provide evidence of insurance for hire and reward for either public hire (hackney carriage) or private hire use.

All vehicles are inspected for roadworthiness to a standard higher than a regular MOT.

This test comprises all of the MOT elements plus an additional set of criteria for Hackney carriages and private hire vehicles.

Contact us - Licensing

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01235 422556
(Text phone users add 18001 before dialing)

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South Oxfordshire District Council
135 Eastern Avenue
Milton Park
OX14 4SB