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Hire Vehicles - Drivers

You must apply to your Local Council for a licence to drive a taxi (hackney carriage) or private hire vehicle. To apply you must be able to work legally in the UK and hold a full GB or Northern Ireland driving licence (or a full EU driving licence). You must also be a 'fit and proper person' - which means your background and character will be checked.

If you drive a taxi you could be booked in advance, wait at an official taxi rank or pick up passengers while on the move, for example at railway stations and busy shopping areas. If you work as a private hire driver, you would only collect pre-booked passengers. You could not be flagged down in the street or wait on or near a taxi rank. To be licensed as a driver with this Council you need to:

  • Complete an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check
  • Complete a DVLA Data Subject Enquiry Check
  • Be over 19 years of age
  • Pass a Group 2 vocational medical
  • Have held a full UK driving licence (or legal equivalent) for at least 2 years
  • Successfully undergo the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership (LRSP) or the Blue Lamp Trust taxi and private hire driver assessment
  • Undergo a written communications test & a basic multiple choice test (relating to taxi & private hire licensing)
  • complete the safeguarding e-learning courses provided by Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board (namely the Introduction to Safeguarding Everyone in Lincolnshire & Taxi Drivers Child Sexual Exploitation e-learning courses)
  • Undergo a Right to Work in the UK Check
  • Confirm that you will be properly registered for tax purposes

Hackney carriage and private hire vehicle drivers licences are normally issued for a period of 3 years. In the very near future we will be requiring new applicants for a hackney carriage driver's licence to undergo a knowledge test of the East Lindsey and Lincolnshire areas.

Taxi and Private Hire Driving Assessment

Before you are granted a licence to act as a taxi or private hire driver in the East Lindsey District you must pass a taxi and private hire driving assessment. The approved assessments are provided by the:

·       The Blue Lamp Trust

·       The Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership (LRSP)

The assessment will be at your own expense.

All taxi driver assessment bookings with the Blue Lamp Trust should be made online using the link here:

For enquiries applicants should call the Blue Lamp Trust office on 0333 700 0157, Monday to Friday 09:30 - 15:00. Applicants must see the FAQs, on the above website, for details about the COVID-19 measures the Blue Lamp Trust has put in place to protect candidates and assessors. Before the assessment, you are strongly advised to:

  • take lessons with a professional driving instructor.
  • read the Highway Code.
  • familiarise yourself with the content of the assessment.

Taxi and Private Hire Newsletter

Have you signed up to receive our Taxi and Private Hire Newsletter? The newsletter is sent out by email. To sign up you can email us at: and title your email 'SUBSCRIBE TO TAXI & PHV NEWSLETTER'. We will now be issuing all newsletters, consultations, etc. using the email addresses that have been 'signed up'.

Driver Applicant Pack

If you wish to receive a detailed driver licence application pack then please email your request (giving name and address - including post code) to:

Immigration Act 2016: Provisions to prevent illegal working in the Private Hire and Hackney Carriage Sector

Immigration checks are a mandatory part of the licensing regime - this means that, as a Licensing Authority, we are prohibited from issuing driver and operator licences to anyone who is illegally present in the UK or not permitted to work in this sector. Your right to work in the UK will be checked as part of your licence application. The Home Office has developed an online right to work checking service, which enables us to check the current right to work of a person who holds either a biometric residence permit (BRP) or biometric residence card (BRC), or who holds online immigration status issued under the EU Settlement Scheme. The system works on the basis of the individual first viewing their own Home Office right to work record and providing us with the 'share code' issued to them by the online service to enable us to access their current right to work details. The link to the online right to work checking service is here:

Data Matching

This authority is under a duty to protect the public funds it administers, and to this end may use the information you  provide for the prevention and detection of fraud. It may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes. For further information visit our Data Matching webpage.

Tax Checks - Licence Renewal Applications

If you are a taxi driver, a private hire vehicle driver or a private hire vehicle operator you will need to complete a quick tax check when you renew your licence from April 2022.

You can find out how to prepare for this new licensing requirement at: