Hackney and Private Hire related licences, including details of Licence Fees payable.
DSA fee increases from 4 January 2011 due to VAT change
VAT will increase from 17.5 per cent to 20 per cent on 4 January 2011. This increase will affect the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) non-statutory test fees for taxi and private hire tests . The fees listed below are effective from 4 January 2011.
Taxi assessment fees
Hackney saloon vehicles, private hire saloon vehicles, Highway Code/traffic signs/cabology questions
Hackney wheelchair enhanced, wheelchair accessible vehicles and Highway code/traffic signs/cabology questions
For more information visit businesslink.gov.uk/dsafees.
Information about private hire and Hackney carriage assessments
Information about private hire and Hackney carriage assessments has been available as a hardcopy booklet in the past. From 1 December 2010 DSA no longer issue hardcopy booklets for distribution to candidates. DSA will still make an electronic version of the booklet available to local authorities.
The information in the booklet can also be found at businesslink.gov.uk/transport within the taxi and private hire section. Please refer potential drivers to this site.
Driving Standards Agency | Experienced driver assessment services
Websites: direct.gov.uk/drivingtest | businesslink.gov.uk/transport | dsa.gov.uk
Points to note for applicants
Testing Manual for Hackney, Private Hire and Special Event Vehicles
This manual is a detailed guide as to how hackney, private hire and special event vehicles will be tested at Dudley MBC’s Transport Services (The Depot, Lister Road, Dudley, DY2 8JW). The manual is available for download at the foot of this page.
Informal enquiries to do with this document should be made to Paul Massey 01384 814540
Information for licence applicants, drivers and owners can be found in documents at the foot of this page.
Production of Insurance We operate an insurance policy to ensure that vehicles have proper insurance cover at all times. This is for the benefit of both the driver and passengers. The Licensing Section's duty is to ensure that the travelling public are safe, therefore failure on the part of the Applicant to conform to the Policy will incur fees. Details can be found in the document at the foot of this page.
What we do with your Personal Data
The information you provide to the Licensing department is processed in accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998. Further information can be found here.
Staying Safe : Guidance for taxi drivers
Those who serve the travelling public are entitled to perform their work in safety and without abuse.
A leaflet containing practical advice on how to reduce the risk of violence and anti-socail behaviour against taxi drivers is available from the Licensing Office and will be distributed to all Taxi and Private Hire Licence holders. More information can be found at the Dept of Transport website.
Points to note for all users of TAXI AND PRIVATE HIRE Vehicles
Passengers travelling in a private hire car or a taxi should be aware :-
It is a criminal offence punishable by imprisonment to leave a private hire or taxi without paying the fare.
If you are physically sick in a private hire or a taxi you will be required to pay the driver approximately £35 for the vehicle to be valeted.
If you are verbally abusive to the driver of a private hire car or taxi he/she may refuse to continue with your journey and you are liable to face police prosecution.
There is more information for passengers on our Taxis in Dudley page.
Hackney Carriage Fares
A full list of Hackney Carriage Fees that apply in Dudley area can be obtained from the Licensing Offices using the Contact Details below or downloaded from the foot of this page.
Customer Satisfaction / Customer Surveys
Results from the Taxi Licensing Consultation August 2009 can be found at the foot of this page.
Contacting the Licensing Office
The office is open from 9.00am to 5.00pm daily. Applicants are seen by appointment only. Please use the Contact Details box below
Disabled users of our service, please note that if possible could you contact us to make an appointment before visiting our offices, to enable us to meet your needs.