Wychavon District Council is responsible for issuing licences in respect of:

  • Vehicles used as hackney carriages (taxis)
  • Vehicles used as private hire vehicles
  • Drivers of hackney carriages and private hire vehicles
  • Operators of private hire vehicles

The overarching aim of the Council when carrying out these licensing functions, is to protect the public by ensuring vehicles are safe and fit for use and that drivers and operators are suitable people to undertake these roles.

In July 2020, with a view to better protecting children and vulnerable adults, the Department for Transport issued new statutory guidance to taxi and private hire licensing authorities called the “Statutory Taxi and Private Hire Standards.” 

The Statutory Standards document sets out a framework of policies that licensing authorities “must have regard to” when exercising their functions. These functions include developing, implementing and reviewing their taxi and private hire vehicle licensing regimes.

In response to the publication of the Statutory Standards, Wychavon District Council has started a review of their hackney carriage and private hire licensing policies and in doing this has had regard to the Statutory Standards.

As part of this review, the Council has produced a draft “Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy” which it now seeks to consult upon locally with all relevant stakeholders. You may find it helpful to download a copy of the document draft policy (1.02 MB)  to refer to when responding to the consultation.  

The Council is now undertaking consultation on the draft policy. Further information on the background to the consultation is provided in the document consultation document. (401 KB)

You can respond to the consultation online.

Alternatively, if you would prefer to respond to the consultation by post, you can send a completed copy of the consultation document above to:

Wychavon Taxi Consultation, Worcestershire Regulatory Services, Wyre Forest House, Finepoint Way, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY11 7WF

This consultation will be open for responses until 28th January 2022.

The responses received during the consultation will be considered by the Council before any decisions are taken regarding the implementation of the draft Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy.