You'll need a licence for a vehicle to be used for private hire. We provide licences when we're satisfied that vehicles are safe and suitable for this purpose, as set out in the national legislation and criteria that you can read on GOV.UK.
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How to apply
You'll need to arrange a vehicle test at one of our approved MOT testing facilities (see below).
When your vehicle has been tested and passed you should bring the below documents to the licensing duty office in Westgate Plaza, 1 West Street, Barnsley S70 2DR:
- MOT certificate
- a valid certificate of insurance
- the vehicle V5 logbook
Our opening hours are 1pm to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 1pm to 4.30pm on Friday. You'll need to contact us to make an appointment if you want to speak to an officer.
List of our approved garages
Our approved garages with MOT testing facilities are below.
|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|
|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|
The price of the vehicle licence is £164.
The vehicle test fee is not included in this; charges may vary and are set at the discretion of the test centres.
If you change your vehicle
We can't give you a refund on your licence if you change your vehicle and you can't transfer your private hire plate to another vehicle.
Daily check sheets
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 asked 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.
Vehicle licence conditions
The licence conditions for private hire and hackney carriage vehicles can be viewed below.