Hackney Carriage Vehicle (Proprietor) Licences

Hackney Carriage Vehicle (Proprietor) Licences

Hackney Carriages licensed by Newcastle City Council are either purpose-built or 'converted' vehicles which can carry wheelchair users in their wheelchairs, or cars such as a saloon, an estate or a MPV.

All Hackney Carriages must be black in colour although wheelchair accessible vehicles may display advertising. The advertising must be approved by the Authority before it is applied to the vehicle. 

Hackney Carriage vehicles must carry a roof sign with the word 'TAXI' clearly displayed.

They must also display an identification plate (red) which is attached to the rear of the vehicle and states the vehicle plate number, registration mark, make and model and licence expiry date. The vehicle must display doorcrests on the front doors stating the licence identification number.
Inside the vehicle there will be a red decal containing the same information on the identification plate displayed to the windscreen and the rear passenger window.
Hackney Carriages can ply for hire within the licensed district. Hackney Carriages can pick up a passenger in the street or from a rank or can be pre-booked.

There is currently a limit on the number of hackney carriages licensed by the Council.


The law relating to Hackney Carriages, Private Hire Vehicles, their drivers and operators is contained in the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976, the Town Police Clauses Act 1847, the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the Motor Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986.
Hackney Carriages must also comply with a set of Bylaws set by the Council and attached to the grant of each type of licence are conditions which also must be complied with.

The holder of any type of licence must comply with all conditions of licence.

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Hackney carriage vehicle conditions

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