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Taxi and private hire vehicles

Apply for a new licence

Working as a driver in a taxi (hackney carriage) or private hire vehicle means you must have had a licence granted by the local authority.

All new and existing drivers must follow the standards set by North East Lincolnshire Council.

View the Hackney carriage and private vehicle hire policy (Word, 120KB)

All licensed drivers registered with North East Lincolnshire Council are listed on the public register. The public register is available to view at the Municipal Offices, Town Hall Square, Grimsby, DN31 1HU.


A taxi or private hire vehicle can only be driven by someone who has had a licence granted by the council.

For the council to check you’re suitable for working with members of the public you must have:

  • NVQ Level 2 Award in Introduction to the role of the professional Taxi and Private Hire Driver
  • Application Fee (including licence for 3 years)
  • DBS Disclosure via UCheck
  • Immigration Check
  • Medical
  • Full Driving Licence issued by the GB DVLA, EEA or Northern Ireland (held for at least 12 months) – This will be checked online each year.
  • Application Form
  • 1 Passport Photograph
  • 2 References
  • Knowledge Test
  • Attend a 2-hour CSE Briefing (further information available from licensing department)
  • Certificate of Good Conduct may be required
  • Declaration of Tax Obligations

How to apply

You must contact the licensing team to request an application form and book an appointment with an officer. At the appointment you will go through your application form, complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check and pay any fees.

Before your appointment you must see your GP for a medical, and you must have your application signed by the owner of the business you intend to work for.

At your appointment

You will need to bring a:

  • completed application form
  • medical certificate from your GP
  • credit or debit card, cheque or postal order but not cash to pay the fees. The Hackney Carriage Office does not take cash
  • original documentation to confirm your identity for the DBS check
  • the names of two referees, one of which must be a current or previous employer, and the other must be a person of professional standing

For a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check you must have your National Insurance Number, and full postal address of homes where you have lived in the past 5 years. An original document from group 1, and 2 more original documents from either group 1 or 2. Documents must show the current name address and date of birth.

Application Guidance

Includes a step-by-step guide to applying and a list of accepted documents for a DBS check.

Guidance for new applicants (Word, 54KB)


Hackney Carriage and Private Hire vehicles

Fee typeCost
New licence (vehicles must be under 5 years old)£322
Plate deposit£73
Vehicle inspection£48
Door sign for Private Hire vehicles (two are required)£11 (each)
Advertising on vehicle£48
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)£45.20
U-Check Disclosure admin fee (additional to DBS)£4.50
Copy licence or any additional paperwork£48

One year licence

Fee typeCost
New Hackney Carriage licence for one year£269
New Private Hire licence for one year£253

Renew or changes to your licence

Drivers licence

Renewing your driver’s licence

We will let you know your drivers licence is due for renewal at least one month before its expiry date.

DateDrivers licence renewal fee
After 15th of the month£294
Up to 15th of the month£246

Vehicle licence

Renewing your vehicle licence

It’s your responsibility to renew your vehicle licence before it expires, and to let the council know if you sell or transfer your vehicle.

One year vehicle licence

Fee typeCost
Hackney carriage licence£248
Private hire licence£233

Six month vehicle licence

Fee typeCost
Hackney carriage licence£166
Private hire licence£150

Application forms

Renew private hire drivers licence (Word, 18KB) 

Renew hackney carriage drivers licence (Word, 18KB) 

Transfer a vehicle licence

You must let the council know within 14 days of the licence transfer.

Fee typeCost
Vehicle transfer admin fee£48

Application form

Transfer of hackney carriage or private hire vehicle licence (Word, 25KB) 

Additonal fees

Change of plate£46
Replacement drivers badge£20
Additional Fee for Late Applications£46

Taxi fares

Taxis should display the list of tariff charges. Regardless of the number of passengers or size of the vehicle fares cannot change. The council doesn’t regulate the charges for private hire vehicles, but it is advised to agreed on the cost before the journey starts.

Non-private hire vehicle tariff

From 6am to 10:30pm on all public holidays including Easter Sunday but not Christmas and New Year

Start price£2.70
Start price and first mile£5.10
Each mile after£2.10
Waiting time per hour£15

From 10:30pm to 6am on all public holidays including Easter Sunday but not Christmas and New Year

Start price£3
Start price and first mile£5.80
Each mile after£2.90
Waiting time per hour£15

From 6pm on Christmas Eve until 6am on the 27 December and 6pm on New Year’s Eve until 6am on the 2 January

Start price£3.50
Start price and first mile£6.30
Each mile after£2.90
Waiting time per hour£18

Private hire operators

If you want to book vehicles for private hire you must have an operator’s licence. If you have a private hire driver’s licence you can’t book customers unless you have an operator’s licence, or work for a licensed private hire operator.


New Private Hire operator licence£649
Renewal of Private Hire Operators Licence£597
Number of additional licensed vehicles£5

Application form

Renew private hire operators licence (Word, 19KB) 

Wheelchair accessible taxis

Drivers of a wheelchair-accessible vehicle must not refuse a wheelchair passenger, fail to help or charge extra to carry a wheelchair user.

Wheelchairs are measured at:

  • 1200mm in length including extra-long footplates
  • 600mm in width
  • 1350mm from round to top of head
  • 150mm from ground to footrest

List of the registered wheelchair-accessible taxis in North East Lincolnshire

Plater numberMakeModelProprietorContact number
H116PeugeotPartnerMiss R Phillips01472 826282
H  8PeugeotHorizonMiss R Phillips01472 826282
H 22PeugeotHorizonMr A Jones07534894035
H 59PeugeotHorizonMr A Raouf07864 928948
H 82PeugeotHorizonMr C Smith07835 409846
H 51PeugeotPartnerMr D Blair07855 546782
H 19RenaultTraficMr D Clark07884 004822
H202RenaultTraficMr D Clark07884 004822
H225FordAllied ProcabMr D Clark07884 004822
H230PeugeotPartnerMr D Clark07884 004822
H 93FiatDobloMr G Bell07932359124
H213PeugeotPartnerMr H Lakama07982 836814
H 65FordConnectMr J Clayton07732099113
H175FordTourneoMr J Clayton07488 281655
H  1PeugeotPartnerMr J Shone07989 433075
H 74PeugeotPremierMr K Jamieson07951 301934
H149PeugeotHorizonMr M Shaw07794 993561
H207CitroenBerlingoMr N Gungor07799 152186
H222PeugeotHorizonMr N Rice07543 980109
H123PeugeotHorizonMr P Coulam07940 168749
H 58PeugeotPartnerMr P Singh07861 778359
H138FiatScudoMr R Snowden07956572210
H150PeugeotExpertMr S Walker07792 328091
H131PeugeotPartnerMr T Belayadi07309 787873
H132VolkswagenCaddyMr T Smith07929 005573
H137VolkswagenKudosMr W Crouch07928447526
H 28FordTourneoMr M Truman07985247719
H  4PeugeotPartnerSmt(Links) Enterprise Ltd01472 882322
H182PeugeotE7Smt(Links) Enterprise Ltd01472 882322

Related content

Hackney carriage complaint

Related websites

– external sRelated websitesGOV.UK wheelchair dimensions diagram

Related documents

The National Register for Revocations and Refusals (PDF, 186KB) 

Contact details

Licensing, Doughty road depot, Doughty road, North East Lincolnshire, DN32 0LL

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 01472 326299 option 2

Opening times: Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5pm, except bank holidays