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Frequently asked questions about taxi licensing

Find out answers to the most common questions we get asked about taxi licensing.

How many taxi licences has the council issued this year? (accurate - July 2018)

We issue dual licence/badges on a daily basis and therefore the approximate total number of drivers currently licensed are 1134. All figures are approximate:

  • Hackney carriage vehicles - 404
  • Private hire vehicles - 497
  • Restricted private hire vehicles (can be used for school transport, airport travel and or executive hire only) - 119
  • Private hire operators - 35

Does the council share/validate any of the information supplied as part of this process with external parties other than the applicant?

Information supplied as part of the application process may be verified with the Home Office where necessary. The information may be shared with other agencies and as part of Freedom of Information requests where applicable.

How is the application information stored (and for how long) once an application is processed?

All licence application information is stored both electronically and paper based. It is kept for 7 years after the closure of an application.

How much money the council has received from taxi drivers?

The public accounts for taxi licensing for various financial years can be found on the Statement of Accounts page.

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