Hackney carriage and private hire vehicle licences

You must have a licence to use a vehicle as a hackney carriage taxi or for private hire. We provide a licence when we're satisfied a vehicle is safe and suitable for this purpose, as set out in national legislation.

If you have an existing vehicle licence and just need to provide us with a new MOT test certificate or update the motor insurance details for your vehicle, visit our webpage to update your taxi licence details.

Charges

A vehicle licence costs £164 and is valid for 12 months.

If you change your vehicle in this period we can't give you a refund on the licence fee.

How to apply

You can apply for a vehicle licence online. Only the owner of the vehicle can apply.

 In the application you'll need to upload:

  • proof of vehicle ownership if you're licensing a new vehicle (V5C log book or hire purchase agreement, or if you've just bought the vehicle the green 'new keeper' slip or receipt from the car dealership);
  • a valid certificate of insurance;
  • the vehicle MOT test certificate from one of our approved garages (see below), dated within 28 days of today's date

New licences

We issue new vehicle licences for private hire only. This is due to a limit on the number of hackney carriages permitted in the borough. We don't currently have any licences available for new hackney carriages.

We issue new vehicles with a:

  • 12-month licence; and
  • six-month vehicle plate.

Vehicles issued with six-month plates

Before the six-month plate expires the vehicle needs to pass a MOT test at one of our approved testing facilities. You'll then need to update your taxi licence details to send us a copy of the test certificate within seven days of the plate expiry date. When we receive this we'll issue the vehicle with another six-month plate that expires on the same date as the licence. This plate is free of charge.

When renewing the vehicle licence in future we'll issue both the licence and plate for 12 months.

Renewing a licence

To renew a licence you need to submit a valid application at least 21 days before the expiry date of the current licence. This is so you receive the new licence and plates before the current ones expire. We'll preserve the annual renewal date on the new licence and plates.

After receiving your new vehicle licence and plates you need to destroy the old ones.

Replacing a currently licensed vehicle

If you have a vehicle that's currently licensed and are replacing it, you can apply for a new licence by surrendering your existing licence.

You won't receive a refund on the licence fee for the currently licensed vehicle, and any time left on the existing licence won't be transferred to the replacement vehicle.

We'll issue the replacement vehicle with a 12-month licence and plate if:

  • it's newer than the currently licensed vehicle (as long as this also had a 12-month plate); or
  • it's an electric/hybrid vehicle.

We'll issue all other replacement vehicles with a 12-month licence and six-month plate.

You'll need to destroy the licence and plates for your existing vehicle as soon as you've surrendered it's licence.

Vehicles issued with six-month plates

Before the six-month plate expires the vehicle needs to pass a MOT test at one of our approved testing facilities. You'll then need to update your taxi licence details to send us a copy of the test certificate within seven days of the plate expiry date. When we receive this we'll issue the vehicle with another six-month plate that expires on the same date as the licence. This plate is free of charge.

When renewing the vehicle licence in future we'll issue both the licence and plate for 12 months

Accident replacement / courtesy vehicles

If you need to licence a car for use as an accident replacement or courtesy vehicle please contact us online.

All vehicles must meet the appropriate licence conditions:

In your application you'll need to confirm you've read these and the vehicle you're applying to license meets all of the conditions.

If your application's successful we'll email the licence and post the vehicle plates to you. You'll usually receive these within 15 working daysWe'll email you if we need any more information to process your application.

If your application's not successful we'll email you to let you know the reason for our decision.

List of our approved garages

Our approved garages with MOT testing facilities are below.

Garage Address Phone number
Barnsley Commercial Sales Ltd 137 Wakefield Road, Barnsley, S71 1ND (01226) 391400
Carlton MOT Centre Unit 5, Wharncliffe Industrial Estate, Carlton Road, Barnsley, S71 3HX (01226) 724700
Cecil Penney Ltd Sheffield Road Garage, Penistone, Sheffield, S36 6HF (01226) 763102

(01226) 370346
Central Garage Brocklehurst Avenue, Kendray, Barnsley, S70 3AL (01226) 281161
DM Auto Unit C1 Grove Park, Springvale Road, Grimethorpe, Barnsley, S72 7BF (01226) 710245
Dootson Motors Ltd Barnsley Road, Cudworth, Barnsley, S72 8UU (01226) 711152
Hunningley MOT Centre Hunningley Lane, Barnsley, S70 3DT (01226) 296633
G-Tech MOT Centre Langdale Road, Barnsley, S71 1AQ (01226) 733427
Perrys Group Ltd Claycliffe Road, Barugh Green, S75 1LR (01226) 776100
Ron Daley Motorcycles Ltd Doncaster Road, Barnsley, S70 1TL (01226) 203377
Roys Autos 55a Blacker Road, Mapplewell, Barnsley, S75 6GS (01226) 387141
Smithies Lane Depot Smithies Lane, Barnsley, S71 1NL (01226) 774193
Trend Motor Services Ltd Rimmington Road, Wombwell, Barnsley, S73 8DQ (01226) 340216
Wyatt Auto Repairs Unit 18/19 Mitchells Industrial Estate, Wombwell, Barnsley, S73 8HR (01226) 752830

Daily safety checks for licensed vehicles

As part of the vehicle licence conditions the driver of a licensed vehicle must make sure it has a daily safety check.

As a minimum this must be a visual check of all lights, oil, water, tyres, mirrors and seat belts. The driver must make a written record of each safety check and give details of any faults and remedial action they've taken. They must sign the record and it must be kept in the vehicle for a minimum of 30 days. After this time the vehicle licence holder must keep the record for six months.

The driver of the vehicle must be able to show the recorded daily checks kept in the vehicle to us if we ask to see them. The licence holder must be able to show us all of the recorded checks they have for the vehicle for the past six months.

You can download and print your own copies of our daily check sheet. You can also buy these from us in a booklet; contact us online if you'd like to do this.