Taxi licence checks

We carry out various vehicle stop and checks to make sure that taxi licence conditions are met. If any of the licence conditions have been broken, these offences can carry maximum fines of between £400 and £5000 and in some cases will also include a minimum of six to eight points on your licence.

Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976

Section 48 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 requires that all vehicles seating eight passengers or less used for hire and reward must have a hackney carriage/private hire vehicle licence.

Section 51 requires any drivers of such vehicles must hold a current private hire and/or hackney carriage driver's licence.

Section 55 requires that all businesses operating as a private hire service must hold a private hire operator licence.

Our Licensing Regulatory Enforcement Officers conduct test purchase operations throughout the borough Barnsley, and anyone found to be operating without the correct licences as required by law may be liable to prosecution.

Illegal taxis

We fully investigate all reports of illegal taxis, including reports of people offering a taxi service or cheap lifts on social media.