A 'Hackney Carriage' is more commonly called a Taxi. 

This licence is required for any chauffeur-driven hire vehicle with 8 passenger seats or less that will pay for hire, be flagged down or hired at a taxi rank. Once licensed a taxi is always a taxi until the licence expires. These vehicles have a roof sign and must display a yellow plate on the rear of the vehicle, a smaller internal plate, and oval yellow door stickers on both front doors. The plates and door decals will detail the Hackney Carriage licence number.

Licence details

Hackney Carriage drivers must be licensed by Rhondda Cynon Taf Licensing Authority and wear an ID badge issued by the Licensing Authority, which includes his/her photograph.

Vehicle Specification

Sample Table
Type of vehicleType of licenceMinimum ageMaximum age
Wheelchair accessible vehicles (to include purpose built, or adapted vehicles with or without a tail lift Hackney carriage / Private hire vehicle

Less than 5 years old - from first date of registration.

(administration age)

10 years - provided each subsequent licence takes effect immediately upon expiry of the previous licence
Non wheelchair accessible vehicle Hackney carriage / Private hire vehicle

Less than 3 years old - from first date of registration.

(administration age)

10 years - provided each subsequent licence takes effect immediately upon expiry of the previous licence

Prospective or current licensees should consider the Vehicle Technical Standards effective 1stSeptember 2014 prior to purchasing or submitting a vehicle to the Licensing Authority - see related document below.

Hackney carriage vehicles (Taxi’s) must be black in colour and Private Hire vehicles must be white in colour.

Before a vehicle is licensed it must pass a test/inspection at the authority's testing depot and a MOT (where appropriate) to ensure its safety. Also the vehicles must be suitably and adequately insured for carriage of passengers and goods for hire or reward to ensure high standards of safety.  

Before puchasing a vehicle you may wish to seek advice from Licensing Officers as to whether vehicles are likely to be accepted onto the licensed fleet.

To apply for a Hackney Carriage or Private Hire vehicle licence, complete the application form, and then make an appointment to visit our offices, bringing with you the proposed vehicle and the following documentation:

  • the completed application form (pdf)
  • vehicle V5 log book document/bill of sale
  • current insurance certificate or cover note of insurance covering the vehicle for "public and/or private hire" for you and/or your drivers
  • MOT certificate (if applicable)
  • the required fee (please see table of current fees)

Tariff

Tariff applicable to Hackney Carriages - Tariff banner detailing the same must be displayed on a tariff banner within the Hackney Carriage.

Sample Table
Tariff detailsPrice1-4 passengers5-8 passengers
Tariff 1 £3.60 (1 mile and under) - 10p per 1/16mile Prices apply during hours of 7am - 7pm N/A
Tariff 2 £3.90 (1 mile and under) - 10p per 1/18mile Prices apply during hours of 7pm - 7am N/A
Tariff 3 £4.50 (1 mile and under) - 10p per 1/18mile N/A Prices apply during hours of 7am - 7pm
Tariff 4 £4.90 (1mile and under) - 20p per 1/10mile N/A Prices apply during hours of 7pm - 7am
Sample Table
Extra charge circumstancesTariff applicable / payable 1-4 passengersTariff applicable / payable 5-8 passengers
Christmas Day / New Year's Day Double tariff 1 (Tariff 5) Double tariff 3 (Tariff 6)
Sundays, Bank Holidays and from Noon Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve Tariff 2 Tariff 4
Fouling of vehicle £45 £45
Waiting time £13.00 per hour £13.00 per hour

 

Licensing Team

Ty Elai,

Dinas Isaf East
Williamstown

Tonypandy

CF39 1NY

Tel: 01443 425001
Fax: 01443 425301

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