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Apply for or renew a Hackney Carriage vehicle licence

What you need to know

  • Hackney Carriages (taxicabs) may be hailed, hired from a taxi rank or pre-booked
  • they have a roof sign and a white licence plate on the rear
  • they must be our teal colour (Pantone 321)
  • maximum fares for journeys within our borough are regulated by us
  • a taximeter will be used
  • CCTV in licensed vehicles (from April 2023)
  • emissions standards for licensed vehicles
  • a suitability test for vehicle proprietors
  • the vehicle must be less than 5 years old (from the date of first registration) at the time of initial licensing
  • the vehicle must meet the vehicle specification as set out in the Council's Licensing Policy

Licences for Hackney Carriages will only be granted to vehicles that meet the requirements. Please read our  updated taxi policy 2021 (PDF) [1MB] before starting your application.

Taxi livery

All Hackney Carriages must have the Guildford Borough Council livery (colouring). 

Once the vehicle is licensed as a hackney carriage, it may only be driven by a driver with a Hackney Carriage driver's licence

The vehicle must also maintain its appearance as a Hackney Carriage, including any signage, roof sign and plate.

We offer pre-application advice on this licence.

Fees

Hackney Carriage Vehicles 

Fee for 2022/23

Hackney Carriage Vehicle (new/renew)

£268.13

Hackney Licence Vehicle Change

£25.88

Hackney Carriage temporary vehicle (3 months)

£111.70

Vehicle Licence Plates

£22.32

Vehicle Test

£58.00