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Hackney and Private Hire

Hackney and Private Hire related licences, including details of Licence Fees payable.

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 DVSA no longer issue hardcopy booklets for distribution to candidates. DVSA 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.  

Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency  |  Experienced driver assessment services

Websites: direct.gov.uk/drivingtest  |  businesslink.gov.uk/transport  |  Guidance for Licence Applicants of Hackney Carriages and Private Hire Vehiclesdsa.gov.uk

DVSA fee increases from 4 January 2011 due to VAT change

 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

    • Weekday: £79.66

    • Weekend and weekday evening: £96.00

  • Hackney wheelchair enhanced, wheelchair accessible vehicles and Highway code/traffic signs/cabology questions

    • Weekday: £92.94

    • Weekend and weekday evening: £112.34

  • Wheelchair exercise

    • Weekday: £26.56

    • Weekend and weekday evening: £32.68

 For more information visit businesslink.gov.uk/dsafees.


Points to note for applicants

As of the 1st January 2017 the policy on Medical Certificates will change.

  • Applicants will be required to undertake a medical examination when they apply for their first licence.

  • All drivers aged between 19 and 45 will then be exempt from repeat medicals unless their medical condition changes and they are required to inform both DVLA and the Licensing Authority.

  • At age 45 a further examination should  be undertaken then;

  • Every three years up to the age of 65.

  • Once the age of 65 is reached a medical examination will be undertaken every year.

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 (Unit 1, Hurst Business Park, Narrowboat Way, Brierley Hill, DY5 1UF). 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.

  • Disclosure and Barring Service Check Private hire and hackney carriage driver licence applicants will need to complete a disclosure form which will be sent on to the Criminal Records Bureau 

  • 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 causing additional administration will incur fees. Details can be found in the document at the foot of this page.

  • Medical Reports - A Medical Report is required for each new application for either a Hackney Carriage Driver or Private Hire Driver licence.

  • Types of Vehicles Licensed in Dudley for use as Hackney Carriages - a full list is available at the foot of this page.

  • Taxi Committee Hearing Procedures - Details can be found in the document below.

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-social behaviour against taxi drivers is available from the Licensing Office and will be distributed to all Taxi and Private Hire Licence holders. 

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 or soil a private hire or a taxi you will be required to pay the driver up to £50 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.


Contacting the Licensing Office

Licensing Services, Unit 1, Hurst Business Park, Narrowboat Way, Brierley Hill, DY5 1UF

telephone 01384 815101 or 01384 815377

fax 01384 812630

The office is open from 8.00am to 4.00pm daily. Applicants are seen by appointment only.

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.

Contact Details

  • Name Licensing Team
  • Address Unit 1, Hurst Business Park, Narrowboat Way, Brierley Hill, DY5 1UF
  • Telephone 01384 815489 or 815377 Renewals 01384 815050
  • Opening Hours Office is open from 8.00am to 4.00pm daily. Applicants are seen by appointment only.