Private Hire & Taxi Driver Licence
As a result of changes to the law made by the
Government in the Immigration Act 2016, from 1 December 2016 anyone
applying for grant or renewal of a Hackney Carriage or Private Hire
Driver's licences or Private Hire Operator Licence must have the
right to work in the UK, and the Council must check that this
applies to every applicant before issuing or renewing a
This applies to all licence holders
regardless of where they were born, how long they have lived in the
UK and, if they already hold a licence, how long they have held it
The application will only be able to progress
if the applicant provides the correct original documentation (as
specified by the Home Office) showing a right to work in the
UK. The Home Office Right to Work Documentation List can
be accesed here.
See below for fees for Driver Licences:
|New or Renewal Private Hire Drivers Licence
|New or Renewal Hackney Carriage Drivers Licence
|New or Renewal Dual Drivers Licence
|Knowledge Test (per attempt)
|Change of Name/Licence Details (Per Licence)
To download our current Driver Application and Guidance Notes
& our Knowledge Test of the Bedford Area Syllabus, please click
on the link below, as applicable:
Hire & Taxi Driver Application and Guidance Notes
Hire Driver Conditions
Test of the Bedford Area Syllabus
and Character Policy for Hackney Carriage, Private Hire Drivers and
Please note you are required to bring with you on the day of
your English & Knowledge Tests photographic I.D.
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
Application Forms can be collected from the Customer Engagement
Centre in Horne Lane.
Taxi Driver Assessments are undertaken by The Blue Lamp Trust.
Taxi Driver Assessments can be booked through The Blue Lamp Trust
Website at www.bluelamptrust.org.uk or
by contacting The Blue Lamp Trust on 0333 7000157.
Please note that the Private Hire
& Taxi Driver Application Form has been updated to include
school transport authorisations. All applicants must fill in the new
application from. Only the NEW forms will be accepted from the
1st of April 2013. New Forms may also be collected from the
Customer Engagement Centre in Horne Lane.
Exemption from Carrying Dogs
For those drivers with medical conditions that would be
aggravated by carrying assistance dogs, the Disability
Discrimination Act 2005 makes provision for licensing authorities
to grant exemptions on medical grounds only and to issue drivers
with a Certificate of Exemption.
Please download a Dog
Exemption Application Form.
Please download a Dog
Exemption Medical form
To view a public register of Taxi and Private
Hire Drivers, please visit http://www.licensing.bedford.gov.uk/.
This on-line register may not include all items that are available
to the public for inspection and, therefore, further enquiries may
be necessary of the Authority.
If you would like to make
an on-line payment, please use the link in
the listing on the left hand side of this page.
If you would like to receive an application
form by post, please use the link below which will generate a
request with your requirements.
To drive a Private Hire or Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licensed by
the Authority, an individual must hold a Driver’s Licence issued by
the same Authority.
Applicants for a Private Hire/Hackney
carriage Driver’s Licence must be authorised to drive a motor car
and they need to have been authorised to drive such a car for at
least 12 months. This is usually achieved by holding a full
DVLA Driving Licence for category B vehicles.
The Authority must also be satisfied that the
applicant is fit and proper to hold such a Licence.
A summary of the
eligibility criteria for this licence
Clauses Act 1847
Application Evaluation Process
The applicant will complete an application and submit this to
the Authority with the required fee. If they have not already
done so, they will also need to book themselves for the following
(1) The Basic English Assessment
(2) The Knowledge of the Bedford Area Test
(3) Taxi Driver Assessment
The Authority’s policy is that if individuals have not passed
the above tests they will not normally be granted a
The Authority will also obtain details of the information held
on the applicant by the DVLA and submit an application for an
Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure on the applicant.
Any driving licence endorsements and criminal records recorded will
be assessed against the Authority’s Criminal Records Policies to
determine whether the applicant would normally be refused a
A medical examination may be required if there is any reason to
believe that the applicant has a condition that could affect their
ability to drive and/or the applicant is over 65 years of age.
Any other information that comes to light which brings the
character of the applicant/Licensee into question will be
considered. Where the applicant has not been resident in the
UK for the five years immediately prior to the application, a
certificate will be requested from the country they were resident
in during that period as to any criminal records against them.
Will Tacit Consent Apply?
No. It is in the public interest that the
authority must process your application before it can be granted.
If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable
period, please contact it. You can do this online if you applied
through the UK Welcomes service or use the contact details
below. The target completion period for processing these
applications is 30 working days.
Apply online (You will need Version 9 (or
higher) of Adobe
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You can download application forms using the links on this
page. Once signed, you can also return them
electronically. On-line payment of the required fee is
available using the links on the left hand side of this web
Failed Application Redress
Please contact the Local Authority in the first
Any applicant who is refused a licence can appeal to their local
Licence Holder Redress
Please contact the Local Authority in the first instance.
Any Licence Holder who is aggrieved by a condition attached to
their Licence can appeal to their local Magistrates' court
We would always advise that in the event of a complaint you
should contact the Licensing Authority or if you are located in the
UK, Consumer Direct will
give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre
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