Hackney Carriage (Taxi) Licences
Taxis (Hackney Carriages) are licensed by us to make sure they are suitable and safe to travel in.
The laws covering taxis and private hire vehicles are quite different. In brief, a taxi can:
- stand on a rank
- be flagged down in the street
- be booked through a licensed operator.
A private hire vehicle can only accept pre-booked calls.
Taxis must be of a certain standard before and whilst licensed. At 12 months of age, taxis must have an MOT certificate. All vehicles under five years old must pass an inspection every six months. Vehicles over five years old are inspected every four months.
Taxis must be clean, comfortable and carry safety equipment such as a fire extinguisher, first aid kit and a spare wheel.
We publish the current Hackney Carriage maximum fares and a Public Register of licences.
Carlisle City Council sets the licence fees for licences, permits and registrations to cover administration, inspection and enforcement costs. The following table shows the cost of issuing Hackney Carriage licences
* Subject to increases in test fees from Community Services being passed on.