GRANT OF A HACKNEY CARRIAGE AND/OR PRIVATE HIRE DRIVERS LICENCE DEFINITION OF LICENCE LEGISLATION/GUIDANCE Anyone wishing to drive a Hackney Hackney Carriage & Private Hire Carriage or Private Hire vehicle must drivers licences are issued in first obtain a Hackney Carriage or accordance with: Local Government Private Hire drivers licence from the (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976, District Council. NDDC Hackney Carriage & Private Hire Rules & Regulations. Town Police Clauses Act 1847 & 1889 and Public Health Act 1875. REQUIREMENT The District Council must be satisfied that the applicant is “a fit and proper person to hold a driver’s licence” as stated in the Act. All applicants must have held a licence to drive a motor car for at least twelve months. PROCEDURE Stage 1 To gain a Hackney Carriage and/or Private Hire driver’s licence applicants must provide the following to the Licensing Team at the Council: • A completed Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure Request form and fee – see Environmental Health homepage. • A completed Hackney Carriage/Private Hire drivers licence application form. • A medical certificate completed by a medical doctor. Holders of a HGV or PSV licence may not require a medical examination for a further five years. • Two personal references from people that have known the applicant for at least three years, but are not related to them. • One reference from a previous or current employer. • A letter of confirmation of employment from a prospective employer. • DVLA driving licence. • Two passport size photographs. • Appropriate fee – see Environmental Health homepage. • Drivers badge deposit of £50. This fee is refunded when the licence is surrendered and the badge is returned to the Licensing Team. Stage 2 Applicants that wish to drive a licensed horse drawn Hackney Carriage vehicle must also provide: • A certificate of driver competence/handling. Notification may be given by the Licensing Team to the local Police, Environmental Health Officer and the Parish or Town Council, so that any objections can be made. Stage 3 • The Licensing Team will contact the applicant when the Police data request form has been returned by Devon & Cornwall Constabulary. Stage 4 • If Devon & Cornwall Constabulary have any observations to make on the Police data request form, the application may have to be determined by the relevant Council Committee. • If the applicant has more than six penalty points on the DVLA licence, the application may be determined by the relevant Council Committee. Stage 5 • Successful applicants will be invited to attend a Hackney Carriage/Private Hire driver’s interview at the Civic Centre in Barnstaple. At the interview the applicant will be tested on the following: • Basic numeracy • Local geography • North Devon District Council Hackney Carriage & Private Hire rules and regulations. • Highway code Stage 6 • On successful completion of the application and interview, the applicant will be granted a Hackney Carriage/Private Hire driver’s licence. The licence will be valid for one year and the driver will receive a renewal notice from the Council when the licence is due to expire. FURTHER INFORMATION • If you have any further queries regarding this matter please contact The Licensing Team, Environmental Health, North Devon Council, Civic Centre, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 1EA, or telephone 01271 388870 or email: email@example.com • We welcome your comments on how we can improve the way we deliver our services. If you have any comments, compliments or feel you need to complain about our service delivery, please write to Mr Jeremy Mann, the Environmental Health Manager at North Devon Council, Civic Centre, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 1EA. • Please note that the Council has a set procedure for dealing with complaints. You will be advised of the outcome of the investigation, together with what action the Council proposes to take.