Taxi - Hackney Carriage

We try to keep people safe, by making sure that vehicles are in good condition and that drivers are suitably healthy and that they don't have relevant criminal convictions.

"Hackney carriages" are the only cars or people carriers that you can hire from taxi ranks.  You may also pre-book them by telephone.

There are around 120 licensed hackney carriages in Wychavon.

We have byelaws that tell drivers how to behave.

Our checks are intended to ensure that new taxi drivers are "fit and proper" to hold licences.

We check:

  • criminal convictions, using the Criminal Record Bureau;
  • medical fitness to drive;
  • that a valid driving licence is held, and
  • that the driver has specific knowledge of either the north or the south of Wychavon, and general knowledge of the district as a whole.

If we refuse to issue a licence or apply conditions that an applicant disagrees with, applicants are able to make an appeal to the Worcestershire Magistrate's Court (The Shirehall Foregate Street, Worcester, WR1 1EQ) where we would have to defend our decision.

Vehicles and drivers are licensed separately.

The vehicle must be roadworthy, and insured.

A hackney carriage can only be driven by a licensed hackney carriage driver - and both licences must be issued by us. For more details see Taxi Licensing.

To download an application pack please visit our forms and fact sheets page: an appointment must then be made for you to complete a criminal record bureau enhanced disclosure application.

Conditions of hire are controlled by byelaws and licence conditions.

We attach reasonable conditions to the grant of a licence, that with our Policies guide the acceptable design, size, age and appearance of vehicles to be used for fare paying passengers.  All of the documents are available on our forms and fact sheets page.

Further Information

All Licensing and Environmental Health Matters are now dealt with by Worcestershire Regulatory Services.

For direct public enquiries and referrals:

General Customer Enquiries

Telephone: 01905 822799

(Mon—Fri 8am—8pm, Sat 9am—5pm)


Fax: 01905 617132

Worcestershire Regulatory Services