Only a hackney carriages licensed by North Northamptonshire Council can ply for hire on the streets or ranks. It is illegal for any other vehicle to ply for hire including private hire vehicles, which are often referred to as taxis or cabs.
Any vehicle presented for licensing for the first time must be side loading, first registered in the applicant’s name, black in colour and wheelchair accessible.
Any application must be on the correct form and be accompanied by:
- vehicle license application form
- proof of current insurance cover (original certificate), which includes cover for public hire
- log book or bill of sale for the vehicle
- the current fee
If you are unsure about the suitability of a vehicle, please contact the licensing team before making your application.
In Corby, a licensed hackney carriage can be clearly identified by the following:
- an illuminated roof light.
- should display a white licence plate on the front, rear and inside of the vehicle stating the licence number of that vehicle, the registration number of the vehicle, the make model and colour of the vehicle, the licence issue date and the maximum number of passengers permitted to be carried at any one time.
- all hackney carriages licensed by Corby Borough Council display the name and telephone number of the operator.
A Hackney Carriage can be pre-booked, picked up from a designated taxi rank or hailed on the street.
Once licensed, a hackney carriage vehicle is always a hackney carriage vehicle and as such can only ever be driven by the holder of a hackney carriage driver's licence.
For a full list of conditions for new and replacement vehicles, please contact the Licensing team for full advice.
Hackney carriage vehicles must undergo a mechanical inspection test at the owner's expense upon first being licensed and at six monthly intervals thereafter. Each vehicle can be called in once more in each year to be assessed.
Private Hire vehicles
The only legal method of operation for a private hire vehicle is to accept pre-booked fares. Only the holder of a private hire operator's licence may accept these bookings and never the driver. The operator's licence must be issued by the same licensing authority as issued the vehicle licence.
A private hire operator is duty bound to keep a written record of all bookings, which must show the time of the booking, the name of the customer, the pick up point, the destination and the details of the vehicle assigned to the booking. Once taken, the booking can be passed onto the appointed driver, by radio.
Under no circumstances can the driver of a private hire vehicle accept a fare by any other means and shall be guilty of an offence if doing so. This applies even if the driver also holds a dual license.
The following can identify a North Northamptonshire Council licensed private hire vehicle:
- A yellow plate affixed to the rear of the vehicle, stating the registration number of the vehicle, the make model and colour, the licence number, the expiry date and the maximum number of passengers permitted to be carried at any one time.
- A smaller yellow plate affixed to the front of the vehicle, stating the registration number of the vehicle, the licence number of the vehicle, the expiry date of the licence and the maximum number of passengers permitted to be carried in the vehicle at any one time.
- There should be no wording on a private hire vehicle to the effect of 'taxi' or 'cab'.
- A small yellow identification card will be found on the nearside front windscreen area of the vehicle, which states the licence number of that vehicle.
Once licensed, the vehicle is always a private hire vehicle and can only be driven by the holder of a private hire driver's licence, which must be issued by the same licensing authority.
Private hire vehicles must undergo a mechanical inspection test at the owner's expense upon first being licensed and again at six monthly intervals.
Vehicles being first licensed as private hire vehicles must be less than eight years old. No vehicle will be licensed if it is more than 10 years old, unless there are exceptional reasons for this, and with the agreement of the Licensing and Regulatory Committee.
Particular rules relate to seating and safety in MPVs (Multi Passenger Vehicles) and mini-buses.