Decision details

Maximum age for Hackney Carriages and private hire vehicles

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The Chief Executive submitted a report asking Committee to determine whether the Council’s Hackney Carriage and Private Hire vehicle licence conditions should be amended to withdraw the requirement for vehicles over 7 years old to be tested and licensed every 4 months.


Prior to the annual taxi meeting, several drivers had requested this amendment and felt that all vehicles over 3 years old should be licensed for 6 months.  The Council had given consideration to this, which included carrying out research on the position of neighbouring local authorities.  It was noted that where less frequent licensing of older vehicles was required, other restrictions applied including, in some cases, a maximum age limit for vehicles. On balance, the Council’s view was that the current system seemed to be working satisfactorily.




Approve the retention of four month licences and make no amendment to Hackney Carriage and Private Hire vehicle licences.

Publication date: 06/02/2024

Date of decision: 30/01/2024

Decided at meeting: 30/01/2024 - Licensing

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