Licence - Hackney Carriage (TAXI)

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 ply 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.

Application forms can be obtained by contacting us on the details below

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.

With effect from the 1stSeptember 2014, new vehicle licences will only be issued to

Type of Vehicle

Type of Licence

Minimum Age 

Maximum Age

Wheelchair Accessible  Vehicles; (to include ‘Purpose Built; OR Adapted Vehicles with/or without Tail Lift)

Hackney Carriage/ Private Hire Vehicle

Less than 5 years old (from date of first registration)

(Admission Age)

10 years (provided each subsequent licence takes effect immediately upon expiry of the previous licence).

Non Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

Hackney Carriage/ Private Hire Vehicle

Less than 3 years old

(from date of first registration)

(Admission 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 Standardseffective 1stSeptember 2014 prior to purchasing or submitting a vehicle to the Licensing Authority.   

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 authorities 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.  Licensees are directed to the Hackney Carriage & Private Hire Vehicle National Inspection Standards Best Practice Guide.

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
  • 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)

For further information please contact Licensing Officers on 01443 425001 or via licensing.section@rctcbc.gov.uk

Costs

Hackney carriage table of fares
 Tariff details 1-4 Passengers5-8 Passengers

Tariff 1  £3.60 (1 mile and under)
10p per 1/16 mile

Prices apply during hours of 07:00 - 19:00 n/a
Tariff 2

£3.90 (1 mile and under)
10p per 1/18 mile

Prices apply during hours of 19:00 – 07:00 n/a
Tariff 3

 £4.50 (1 mile and under)
10p per 1/18 mile

 n/a Prices apply during hours of 07:00 - 19:00

Tariff 4
£4.90 (1 mile and under)
 20p per 1/10 mile

n/a Prices apply during hours of 19:00 – 07:00
Extra charges
Extra charge circumstances Tariff applicable / fare payable 1-4 PassengersTariff applicable / fare payable 5-8 Passengers

Christmas Day / New Year’s Day

 

Double tariff 1 (tariff rates detailed in table above)

(Tariff 5)

Double tariff 3 (tariff rates detailed in table above)

(Tariff 6)

Sundays, Bank Holidays and from Noon Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. Tariff 2 (tariff rates detailed in table above) Tariff 4 (tariff rates detailed in table above)
Fouling of Vehicle £45 £45
Waiting Time £13.00 per hour £13.00 per hour

 

Disabled Accessible Vehicles

Although the Local Authority is not in a position to endorse any particular taxi operator over another, a list of operators with Wheelchair accessible vehicles can be found under related documents (this list is updated on a monthly basis).

 

Contact Us

If the licence is issued it will be subject to conditions, which can be obtained by contacting us on the details below

Licensing
Ty Elai
Dinas Isaf East
Williamstown
Tonypandy
CF40 1NY

Telephone: 01443 425001
Fax:
01443 425301
Email: Licensing.Section@rhondda-cynon-taff.gov.uk