Hackney carriage (Taxi)

A hackney carriage is more commonly known as a taxi. Hackney carriages can be flagged down in the street, sit on a taxi rank or be pre-booked. In West Lindsey, licensed hackney carriage must display their plate on the rear of the vehicle. This will be white in colour and give the vehicle’s details as well as how many passengers can be carried in it and the expiry date of the vehicle licence. A hackney carriage will also have a roof sign and meter. The customer fare rates are set by West Lindsey District Council’s Regulatory Committee and the current rates are available to view in the Downloads section.

As a licensed vehicle, a taxi can only be driven by someone who holds a valid hackney carriage / private hire driver's licence issued by West Lindsey District Council. The conditions that hackney vehicle licence proprietors must adhere to can be found in the Downloads section.

How to apply

To license a vehicle as a taxi please e-mail us (details at the end of this page) to: check that the vehicle is suitable, obtain a plate number and advise us when the plate is required for (ideally we need 1 week’s notice). Once you have been assigned a plate number you can book the vehicle in for a ‘taxi test’ MOT at one of our authorised garages (this list can be found on the last page of our application form in the Downloads section). We will then have the plate ready for you to collect on this day from the agreed office (Guildhall, Gainsborough or Festival Hall, Market Rasen).

To collect your plate you will need:

  • Application form (available from the Downloads section)
  • Declaration form (available from the Downloads section)
  • Pink compliance certificate from the MOT
  • Vehicle registration document (new keeper slip acceptable if the vehicle has just been purchased)
  • Insurance document
  • The current business licence fee

The paper licence will be processed and sent out by post within the next 14 days.

If a plate is made and not collected you will be contacted and further failure to collect will result in the plate being destroyed and you being charged the fee of a ‘Replacement Vehicle Plate - plate only

*Note - once licensed, a taxi is always a taxi until the licence expires, is surrendered or is suspended/revoked*

Transferring a vehicle

If the vehicle is sold or transferred to someone who will not be using the vehicle as a taxi, you should notify us in writing that you wish to surrender the licence and return the plate.

If the vehicle is sold or transferred to someone who will still be using the vehicle as a taxi, you must notify us in writing the name/address/contact number of the new proprietor, from what date the vehicle is their responsibility and the vehicle details. The new proprietor must also notify us of the above in writing, provide us with an insurance document for the vehicle and pay the ‘Transfer of Ownership of Vehicle Licence’ fee.

Licensing registers are available to view using the link below.

Licensing

West Lindsey District Council
Guildhall, Marshall's Yard
Gainsborough
Lincolnshire
DN21 2NA

Email:  licensing@west-lindsey.gov.uk