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.

To be licensed as a driver with us 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) taxi and private hire driver assessment
  • Undergo a written communications test & a basic multiple choice test (relating to taxi & private hire licensing)
  • Undergo a Right to Work in the UK Check

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.

Hackney carriage and private hire vehicle drivers licences are normally issued for a period of 3 years.

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.


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