What do I need to do to get a driver’s badge?
Read the information available on the Become a Taxi Driver page. Download and complete the relevant forms.
Our Customer Services Team is available Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm. You don't need an appointment to submit a new driver application or collect a licence.
What if I already have a DBS?
You must be registered with the update service and you must bring your original certificate with you for us to complete the online check. Otherwise you will have to complete and pay for an enhanced DBS through our provider, Carecheck.
What level of DBS check do I need?
You must obtain an enhanced check and select Other workforce ‘Taxi driver’.
Why does my DBS check show information from a long time ago? Are these spent?
An applicant for a driver licence is exempt from the rehabilitation of Offenders Act and therefore all convictions, cautions or warnings will be disclosed, irrespective of their age. We will consider all information disclosed as part of the DBS check along with any relevant information as part of the application, but each case will be considered on its individual merits.
Does my medical have to be completed by my doctor?
No, but we recommend that it is done at your own GP’s surgery where your records are held. You must ensure the medical form is downloaded from our website. The medical is done to a Group 2 standard, in line with HGV drivers.
When do I need a new medical?
A medical is required as part of any new application and every six years after that, as part of a renewal application After 65 we require an annual medical. Certain medical conditions require more frequent medicals. You must ensure the form you use is the HDC medical form.
Do I have to pay for everything at my first appointment?
New applicants will not be required to pay the licence fee until all checks have been completed by the Licensing Team. Medicals, driving assessments and DBS fees are paid directly to the relevant company.
How long will it take to submit my application?
Applicants will be required to visit our offices at Pathfinder House and wait in turn for a member of the Customer Services team to be available. In general, it may take up to 1 hour for the appointment.
Do you have an age limit on vehicles?
From the 1 January 2019 we will be introducing an age limit of 5 years at first licensing. Please read the Taxi Licensing Policy and Conditions for more information.
Can I get a refund on an issued licence?
The fee is for the issue of the licence. No refunds are payable once issued.
Can I have two tariffs in my hackney carriage vehicle?
No. There must be one tariff Approved by Huntingdonshire District Council only, which is reflected on your meter.
Can I work at the station ranks?
Only hackney carriages can sit on a taxi rank and only if a permit has been issued by the station itself.
Where can I take my vehicle for testing?
Adams Autos, Unit 6 Venture Court, Edison Rd, St Ives PE27 3JX. You need to contact the garage on 01480 494621 or via their website to arrange and pay for a test in advance. The licensing fees from 1 January 2018 are:
|Vehicle Licences (Valid 1 year)||Cost (£)||Notes|
|Private hire initial grant||256||Including signs|
|Private hire renewal||195|
|Hackney carriage initial grant||256||Including signs|
|Hackney carriage renewal||195|
|Garage test - hackney carriage||60.50||Including meter test|
|Hackney carriage meter test||15|
|Garage test - private hire and hackney carriage sallon||45.50||Plates 1-45|
|Replacement of plates||20|
|Transfer of interest||20|
|Door signs - magnetic||20||Per pair|
|Door signs - permanent||15||Per pair|
What happens if I’m late for a vehicle test?
It’s important that you arrive promptly for your appointment - if you are late we may not be able to see you. If you are 10 or more minutes late your appointment will be automatically cancelled and you will need to rebook and pay for a re- test.
Can I licence a vehicle before I have my badge?
If you intend to be an owner operator you will not be able to drive a vehicle once licensed if you do not have a drivers badge. You may licence a vehicle without a driver's badge but it must be driven only by a licensed driver with the correct private hire or hackney carriage insurance.
If I’ve had an accident what do I need to do?
You must report any accident to the Licensing team within 72 hours. An accident report form is required.
Can I use bus lanes?
Bus lane restrictions vary from town to town. You must familiarise yourselves with the restrictions accordingly.
Can you post the forms to me?
Unfortunately we can’t. You may download the forms from our website. If you wish, you can come to the office to collect the application forms.
How can I pay for my licence(s)?
All payment is by either credit/debit card or cheque.
New drivers will be required to pay once the application has been approved. The Licensing Team will contact you directly to take payment. Renewal drivers will be required to make payment at the time of submitting the application.
Vehicle tests require payment directly to the garage when a test booking is being made.
Vehicle licences will require payment to be made when the plate and licence are collected from our reception at Pathfinder House.
Operators will be contacted for payment once the application has been approved (unless a cheque has been received with the application).
What should we do if we see vehicles other than Huntingdonshire-licensed hackney carriages using ranks?
If you see anyone (other than a Huntingdonshire-licensed hackney carriage) using the ranks, make a note of the vehicle make and registration number along with the plate number (if any) and let us know. If possible take a photo of the vehicle and driver. It is illegal for other vehicles to use the ranks and where there is sufficient evidence and we can trace the driver, we will take enforcement action. As a witness you will have to be prepared to give a statement, attend a hearing or appear in court if needed.
Why do you have to show your driving licence or birth certificate when renewing your driver's licence?
The Immigration Act 2016 introduced statutory right to work checks in relation to the hackney carriages and private hire vehicles trade. This means councils have a duty to check applicants' right to work and leave to remain in the UK.
What happens if my right to remain in the UK expires during the period of a licence?
Driver licenses are normally granted for 3 years. Where the right to remain is less than this, then a shorter licence will be issued, subject to the terms of any Home Office permissions.
What happens if I submit an application for renewal after the licence has expired?
If we do not have a full and complete application before the licence expires, it will be rejected and a new application will be required in all cases. View our Taxi Licensing Policy and Conditions.