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Application information

7. Vehicles

This page is intended to help applicants that have already applied for a new or are renewing an existing Private Hire or Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence.  

As part of the licensing processes you will need to book your vehicle in at our Depot to undergo the required vehicle checks.  Please see the information below on what checks you will need to book and pay for via our online depot appointment booking service. We strongly recommend before booking your appointment you see our guidance documents at the footer of this page.  

Important notes: All vehicles will need to have a MOT unless they are brand new with less than 1000 miles when it arrives at the depot for it's inspection. If your vehicle has less than 1000 miles you will only need to book a vehicle inspection. This inspection will check the vehicle meets our licensing requirements and this is not mechanical in nature. The vehicle age is taken as the date of first registration.  For a new application the vehicle MUST be less than 7 years from the date of first registration to the inspection date. Once a vehicle is 7 years old at the date of renewal it must pass it's inspection and MOT before the renewal date, otherwise the licence will have expired. A new application must be made and we will not licence the vehicle on a new application once it is over 7 years old.

What type of appointment do I need to book?

Please see the below for guidance on what type of appointment you MUST book to progress your vehicle licence application. 

Private Hire Vehicles

Vehicle Age Details       Depot Appointment Needed   Additional Checks Needed        
Vehicles under 3 years Private Hire Vehicle- MOT  and Vehicle Inspection  N/A
Vehicles over 3 years old Private Hire Vehicle- MOT  and Vehicle Inspection  Private Hire Vehicle- Vehicle Check (Interim Check) at 6 Months (£35)* from start date of your licence.
Vehicles over 7 years old (renewing only) Private Hire Vehicle- MOT  and Vehicle Inspection  Private Hire Vehicle- Vehicle Check (Interim Check) at 4 Months and 8 Months (£35)* from start date of your licence.

Hackney Carriage Vehicles

Vehicle Age Details       Depot Appointment Needed   Additional Checks Needed        
Vehicles under 3 years Hackney Carriage Vehicle- MOT  and Vehicle Inspection  N/A
Vehicles over 3 years old Hackney Carriage Vehicle- MOT  and Vehicle Inspection  Private Hire Vehicle- Vehicle Check (Interim Check) at 6 Months (£35)* from start date of your licence.
Vehicles over 7 years old (renewing only) Hackney Carriage Vehicle- MOT  and Vehicle Inspection  Private Hire Vehicle- Vehicle Check (Interim Check) at 4 Months and 8 Months (£35)* from start date of your licence.

Note: For Hackney Carriage Vehicles if you have a Wheel Chair assessable vehicle, over the age of 7, you may be able to license this vehicle. Please contact the licensing department prior to booking your vehicle in.

Vehicles with under 1000 miles at time of your appointment: If your vehicle has less than 1000 miles you will only need to book a vehicle inspection. This inspection will check the vehicle meets our licensing requirements and this is not mechanical in nature. 

Book your Depot Vehicle Appointment

You should not attend you MOT/inspection if you or any members of your household have any symptoms or have received a positive test for Covid 19.

Click on the green button below to book in your required appointment, having had regard to the tables above.

Book your Depot Vehicle Appointment

Depot Booking Guidance Documents

Below are links to PDF documents that include a step by step guide by screen shots of the booking process to help you book in your vehicle for the required inspection. Please select the relevant guide to meet your booking needs:

MOT & Vehicle Inspection Depot Booking Guidance Document

Vehicle Inspection Depot Booking Guidance Document

MOT Depot Booking Guidance Document - Usually only required if vehicle has failed and MOT and subsequent recheck and needs to book a new one.

Non Routine Vehicle Inspection Depot Booking Guidance Document - Only required when specifically requested by a Licensing Officer.

Contact Us

We are confident you will be able to find all the supporting information you will need. If required, you can contact the Licensing Team via email at [email protected].  Our telephone lines are open 10am-12 midday and 2pm - 4pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 2pm-4pm on Wednesday.

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