Any person driving a licensed private hire vehicle or hackney carriage must be licensed as a Private Hire/Hackney Carriage Driver. The driver, vehicle and operator must be licensed by the same licensing authority.
The Licensing Section has a duty to ensure that licences to drive hackney carriages and private hire vehicles are only granted to 'fit and proper' persons.
In order to establish whether applicant is a 'fit and proper person' to be a licensed driver the Licensing Section requires:
- an enhanced criminal record check
- a medical examination
- a topographical knowledge test of Leicester City
- a practical driving test with the Driving Standards Agency - specifically aimed at taxi driving
- a spoken English assessment
The applicant must have held a full British or EU Driver's Licence for at least 12 months.
Documents required for a taxi driver's licence application are as follows:
Applicants must also complete an application form for a criminal record check via the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS). As each form has a unique number these cannot be made available online. Forms can be completed at the Customer Service Centre when new applications are made. Renewal applicants will have a form posted to them in advance, or can complete a form at their licensing appointment.