Hire Vehicles

Taxis and private hire vehicles play an important part in the country's transport system and they come in two varieties - the traditional hackney carriage (taxi) or a private hire vehicle (sometimes known as a minicab in certain parts of the UK).

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.

The number of new hackney carriage (taxi) vehicle licences issued in East Lindsey is limited to purpose built wheelchair accessible vehicles, whereas private hire vehicle licences are more freely available.  Vehicle licences are normally issued for a maximum period of 12 months. Please contact our Licensing Team for exact vehicle licensing requirements and specifications required in the East Lindsey area - licensing@e-lindsey.gov.uk or 01507 613010.

By following the links on this webpage you can download a number of documents in relation to this Authority's taxi and private hire licensing function.

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.

Proposed CCTV and Driver Safety Licensing Policy

Currently this Authority's hackney carriage and private hire vehicle licensing policy is silent on the issue of CCTV in licensed vehicles.

Some vehicle proprietors in the East Lindsey District are currently looking at, or have already, installed CCTV in their licensed vehicles.

There is no national requirement for CCTV to be installed in hackney carriage and private hire vehicles. However, some Local Authorities have introduced policies which state that if a proprietor decides to install CCTV in his/her licensed vehicle then it must meet the conditions and specification set down by the Council. This Authority is currently considering the adoption of a similar stance with regard to CCTV in licensed vehicles.

Our consultation document, on the subject of CCTV in licensed vehicles, can be found under Related Documents on this webpage. If you wish to make any comments on the proposed CCTV Licensing Policy, please let us have those comments by 28 February 2019 at the latest. Comments can be emailed to: licensing@e-lindsey.gov.uk

Maximum Hackney Carriage Fare Structure

The Council sets the maximum hackney carriage (taxi) fare structure (for hirings beginning and ending within the District) and it is unlawful to charge a rate above that set by the Authority. The Council cannot set a maximum fare structure for private hire vehicles. A copy of the current maximum fare structure can be found under Related Documents on this webpage.

In February 2010 the Council's General Licensing Committee (consisting of Councillors) agreed to introduce a yearly review of the maximum hackney carriage fare structure. The purpose of the yearly review was to set aside a period each year when the taxi trade would be aware that the Council intended to look at taxi fares - all interested parties would then have their window of opportunity to say whether the fare structure should be varied. The Committee indicated that the fare review would usually take place in January or February each year.

Any proposed variation of the fare structure will be advertised by the Council in a local newspaper and a period of time allowed for objections.

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: licensing@e-lindsey.gov.uk 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'.