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Taxi Licensing Policy

It is our job to make sure that drivers, owners and operators of hackney carriage and private hire vehicles are fit to hold such licences. As a result, taxis, their drivers, owners and operators are all licensed by us.

Vehicles have to undergo mechanical tests, whilst drivers have periodic DBS and medical checks.

This policy shows information about legal requirements, government guidance, council policy, procedures and standards relevant to hackney carriage and private hire licensing.

The policy provides guidance to applicants, existing licensed drivers, proprietors and operators when making applications and renewals. Each application will be considered on it own individual merits.

Taxi Licensing Policy

We approved the current Taxi Licensing Policy 2017-2022 [pdf] 1171KB in October 2017.

Taxi Licensing Policy 2017-2022 – Amendment Consultation

The Department for Transport issued guidance on Statutory Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Standards in July 2020.

As a result, we are now reviewing our Taxi Licensing Policy and consulting with the public on any prospective changes.

Whilst large amounts of the published standards are already applied with respects to our licensing arrangements, there remains a need to update our policy to ensure that our processes recognise all of the published standards. For that purpose our Taxi Licensing Policy Consultation [docx] 29KB document summarises the proposed changes.

As part of the proposed changes we would welcome feedback. Such information is essential in allowing the council to make informed decisions on such proposals.

If you have any comments or evidence, please send these to licensing@ashford.gov.uk, or in writing to Licensing, Civic Centre, Tannery Lane, Ashford, Kent, TN23 1PL prior to 30 September 2020 to have them considered in the decision making process.

'Green' Taxi Scheme

Ashford Borough Council is now operating a scheme for three years 'free' licensing for low emission vehicles to encourage their uptake amongst the licensed trade. The number of exemptions available are limited, and the scheme operates on a first come first served basis until March 2022. Further details of the scheme were emailed to the taxi trade on 5 August 2019.

For further information about the scheme and application form please contact Licensing.