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Taxi licence information for drivers, vehicle owners and operators

We are currently consulting on some proposed amendments to our guidance notes and conditions for private hire operators, vehicle and drivers and hackney carriage vehicles and drivers.

You can find more information and submit your comments via our consultation portal.

All drivers, vehicles and operators involved in hire or reward work need to be licensed. Hackney Carriages can be hailed in the street or from taxi ranks, have a ‘taxi’ roof sign, and charge a fare on a mater installed in the vehicle. Private Hire vehicles must be booked in advance through a licensed private hire operator. The fare charged should be agreed at the time of booking.

Drivers

During the application process, drivers undertake various assessments. These include a:

  • knowledge test
  • criminal records check
  • medical check
  • practical driving test
  • check to confirm eligibility to work in the UK

Operators 

Applicants for an operator licence must also have the right to work in the UK and undertake a knowledge test and criminal records. You can view a list of current licensed operators.

Vehicles 

Before a licence is granted, the applicant must provide evidence of insurance for hire and reward. All vehicles are inspected for roadworthiness to a standard exceeding a regular MOT. This test comprises all of the MOT elements plus an additional set of criteria for hackney carriages and private hire vehicles.

If you are booking an inspection with one of our authorised garages, please confirm at the time of booking whether you need an MOT certificate, as this may not be provided unless agreed in advance. The garage confirm directly with us whether the vehicle has passed or failed the inspection.

Authorised garages

The current garages authorised to carry out compliance tests for Bracknell Forest Council licensed vehicles are:

Thinkford Bracknell

Thinkford Bracknell
Downshire Way
Bracknell
RG12 1QN

Phone: 01189 361113
Wheelbase - up to 6 metres
Maximum charge for test: £54.85
Opening hours - 8am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 12:30pm on Saturday

Great Hollands MOT and Service Centre

Great Hollands MOT and Service Centre
26 Great Hollands Square
Bracknell

Phone: 01344 869987
Wheelbase: up to 5 metres
Maximum charge for test: £54
Opening hours - 7:30am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm on Saturday

The maximum charges shown cover a compliance test and issue of an MOT certificate, if agreed. Fees may be increased in line with any increases to the DVSA MOT fee.

If you are a garage owner and wish to be considered at the next review of our authorised garages, please forward your details to licensing@bracknell-forest.gov.uk.

More information

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