URGENT NOTICE | New National Standards issued by the government specify that a 6 monthly DBS check is now required. If a 6 monthly DBS check cannot be complied with then the driving licence will be suspended. It is important and essential for taxi drivers to sign up to the online DBS service and continue with the subscription to allow DBS checks to be carried out every 6 months

COVID-19 Update

Due to the current situation - COVID-19 Licensing are following the government regulations and have decided that from 24.03.2020 the office will be CLOSED until further notice and no appointments are to be taken at reception.

If you have any taxi related queries please email taxi.licensing@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Application for a Combined Hackney Carriage Private Hire Drivers Licence

This is a combined licence, which entitles the holder to drive Hackney Carriages and Private Hire Vehicles licensed by Nottingham City Council. A Hackney carriage driver may work independently with a Hackney Carriage, whereas a Private Hire Driver must always work with a licensed operator.

To apply for a driver licence an applicant must be at least 18 years old and have held a full British Driving Licence for at least one year. The DVLA driving licence must be presented upon submission of the application form together with your National Insurance Number.

Applying for an Initial Driver Licence

At the time of submission you would need to have completed the following:

  • An application form
  • An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) disclosure form - Convictions Policy (refer to the forms below for the further details)
  • GDPR (DBS) Consent Form
  • A Medical Form
  • Two written character references from someone who has known you for 5 years or more (not from relatives or your local Councillor)
  • For Private Hire work, an offer of work from the Private Hire Operator you intend to work for, or a letter of confirmation from a proprietor of a Hackney Carriage if intending to drive a Hackney Carriage
  • Three forms of ID including Full UK Driving Licence (MUST be held for a minimum of 1 year)
  • Immigration Act right to work documentation
  • A recent passport size photograph
  • Taxi Licensing Fees payable by cheque, card or postal order (cash not accepted)

Once the application is submitted to the Licensing Section we will then verify the application and supporting documents and run a DVLA check through the .GOV portal.

Please note that following the receipt of an initial application it can take 6 to 8 weeks to complete the process due to the Licensing Office awaiting confirmation of checks from the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS).

Safeguarding

You are required to complete the Blue Lamp Trust e-learning course which is available at;

https://bluelamptrust.org.uk/safeguarding-eLearning/ 

The fee of £12 is payable to the trust.

Upon successfully completing the course, please download your certificate and email it to taxi.licensing@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Medical Certificate

If your Medical is required please contact either of the numbers below.  You can be seen at either of these two locations:

The Corner House, Rectory Road, Colwick, NG4 2DU

AC Medical Services Ltd, Weavers Lane Nottingham NG15 0AT.

Telephone Numbers - Dr Margaret Clamp 07802 850084 or Dawn Connor 07843 612527 (text or call). Voice message line 0162 3752754.

Please note that the fee is £60.00.

During COVID-19 outbreak you will need to wear a face covering and additional cleaning steps will be taken.

Driving Tests

Please note all new drivers are subject to a driving assessment which can be booked by phone on 0115 876 1444, press option 2 or 3 to get connected.

You must have your valid, signed driver's licence when you report for the test and proof of insurance for the vehicle. Facial coverings MUST also be worn on arrival and throughout the test unless exempt under the Government Guidelines. The examiner will not conduct your test without them.

When carrying out the test a suitable four-door saloon, hatchback or estate car. Open top cars or commercial vehicles are not acceptable. The vehicle to be used must be legally taxed, insured and in roadworthy condition, though not a licensed vehicle.

If you are unable to attend your appointment, you must cancel the test by calling the number provided above at least 48 hours before the time scheduled for the test. You will not then be charged. Please be aware that if you are late for your test, the slot will be forfeited and a re-test will be required.

The driving test will be of 30 minutes duration and you must demonstrate to the examiner your ability to handle the vehicle safely and competently in a range of situations and traffic conditions. At the end of the driving test, you will be asked a series of questions from the current Highway Code. On successful completion of the test, you will be issued with a pass certificate which requires to be submitted to the Licensing Section.

Topography Test

Location of the Topography Test:

Licensing
Central Police Station
Maid Marian Way
Byron House
Nottingham
NG1 6HS

Notes

Please be aware you will now be required to pass an electronic topography as part of your  application.

Due to COVID-19 there will be a limited amount of booking spaces and social distancing MUST be adhered to, facial coverings MUST also be worn on arrival and throughout the test unless exempt under the Government Guidelines.

An officer from Nottingham City Council will spend time before the test to go through the instructions.    

Before you sit the Topography Test you must bring along with you your current Driving Licence or photographic identification. The Topography Test will take 45 minutes and will consists of five separate sections from the following categories:

  • Licence conditions
  • Premises and locations
  • Numeracy
  • Road Signs
  • Shortest route

If facial coverings are not worn, then you will be refused to enter Byron House and the testing area (unless you have proof that you are exempt). Please arrive 10 minutes before test start time.

Please read thoroughly the driver licence conditions for a Hackney Carriage and Private Hire. Also additional “Did you know that” questions and answers sheet under which this examination will be conducted.  

Examination conditions

When sitting the exam you must following must adhere to the below:

  • will remain silent throughout the test
  • will switch off mobile phones or other electronic devices
  • will not be able to use any additional written material during the examination
  • will not leave the room during the test without the permission of the examiner (if you do leave then you not be able allowed to return to complete the test)

The examination may be terminated at any time by the examiner or yourself. If you request to terminate the examination your fee will be forfeited.

If you fail your Topography Test then a further fee of £50 is payable at the time of rebooking. Please contact to book a retest.

Issuing Initial Drivers Licence

Prior to the issuing of the licence all relevant checks and tests would need to be carried out and passed, certification would need providing were applicable.

The Drivers badge is valid for the duration of 1 or 3 years. 

New National Standards issued by the government specify that a 6 monthly DBS check is now required. To comply with these requirements, the Licensing Section will perform a bi-annual DBS check and annual DVLA check.

It is important and essential for taxi drivers to sign up to the online DBS service and continue with the subscription to allow DBS checks to be carried out every 6 months.

If a 6 monthly DBS check and annual DVLA check cannot be complied with, the driver’s licence will be suspended.

Applying to Renew Drivers Licence

A reminder letter will be sent to you by post 2 months prior to the expiry of your licence. It is your responsible as a Nottingham City Council Driver to renew your taxi drivers licence within the timescales set below. Due to the current situation (COVID-19), the licensing section is currently closed and all documents for renewal would need sending electronically to taxi.licensing@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

The following documents are required at time of submission:

For electronically submitted applications you will be contacted by phone to make payment. If you are unable to submit your application electronically please post to the Licensing Section, Central Police Station, Byron House, Maid Marian Way, Nottingham, NG1 6HS accompanied with payment.

As part of the renewal process, you will be required to have a DVLA check and Disclosure Barring check carried out.

You must also check the rear of your badge to see whether you are required to have a medical as part of your renewal application.

An application to renew a licence will not be accepted if it is more than one month following the expiry date of the licence (without reasonable cause).  No shortened/temporary licence will be granted and any application made after that time will be treated as a 'new' application and you will need to go through the same procedure as that specified for the grant of an initial licence.

When a renewal licence has been granted and processed, you will be contacted and required to return the expired/expiring drivers badge to the Licensing Office and in turn, be issued with their 'renewed' driver's badge. 

Failure to return drivers badge may lead to a delay in issuing the 'renewed' badge until the Licensing Office receive:

  • Letter of confirmation from the applicant as to the reason for not returning driver's badge
  • Police 'crime number' re lost or stolen driver's badge

New National Standards issued by the government specify that a 6 monthly DBS check is now required. To comply with these requirements, the Licensing Section will perform a bi-annual DBS check and annual DVLA check.

It is important and essential for taxi drivers to sign up to the online DBS service and continue with the subscription to allow DBS checks to be carried out every 6 months.

If a 6 monthly DBS check and annual DVLA check cannot be complied with, the driver’s licence will be suspended.

 For further information please contact the licensing office at taxi.licensing@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Renewal Application

Also see

Contact Us

Commercial and Operations Licensing
Central Police Station
Byron House
Maid Marian Way
Nottingham
NG1 6HS

Tel: 0115 915 6571

Taxi.Licensing@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

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