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Licences - Hackney carriage (taxi) and private hire taxis

How to apply for a licence to drive a Hackney Carriage (Taxi) / Private Hire Taxis

Please note that the Taxi Knowledge Test is currently being updated

What is a Hackney Carriage / Private Hire Taxi?

The authority is required to issue licences and set conditions on hackney carriages and private hire taxis to ensure the vehicles used are safe and comfortable and that the drivers are fit and proper persons, medically fit, knowledgeable and free from Relevant Convictions. Hackney carriages can be hailed at the roadside. They have a ‘Taxi’ roof sign and white ‘Taxi’ plates plates displayed on the front and rear of each vehicle, the vehicles are either white or silver. Hackney Carriages  are also fitted with Taximeters, which calculate the fare. The fare must not exceed the Council’s Maximum Hackney Carriage Fares.

Private hire taxis cannot be hailed at the roadside. All private hire vehicles must be pre-booked. There are no light on their roof and a yellow ‘taxi’ plate is displayed at the front and rear of the vehicle. Such vehicles can be any colour except white and silver.  If a private hire vehicle stops when hailed it is likely that the person travelling in the vehicle would not be insured.

All Hackney Carriages and Private Hire vehicles must be tested at the Council’s Vehicle Testing Station at Gaerwen where the vehicles are tested to a specified standard set by the Council.

Who can apply for a licence

  • Anyone over  21 years of age.
  • Anyone capable of assisting passengers  with their luggage.
  • Anyone free from ‘Relevant’ Convictions’.

How to apply for a licence

Applicants are encouraged to make their applications in person at the Council Offices in Llangefni. The following items will also be required upon submission :-   

A current full DVLA driving licence.

This Licence must have been held for at least 12 months. If you have the new two part Licence, you must include both parts. (pink card & paper)

Two passport sized photographs.

These photographs  must be recent.

Completed CRB Application form

Licensing Authority will forward completed application to the Disclosure & Barring Service

Two completed ‘Referee Forms

Completed ‘Medical Certificate’ by applicant’s General Practitioner

The Appropriate Fee

Fees and charges

Prior to submitting a ‘Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Driver’s application’, (please see below for the download in either word or pdf format) individuals will be invited to undertake a ‘Taxi Knowledge Test’. This fifteen minute written exercise is designed to test the applicants numeracy and customer care skills, geographical knowledge and a sound understanding of  Taxi rules and conditions as outlined in the Authority’s Taxi Licensing Policy.   

If an applicant fails to pass the ‘Taxi Knowledge Test’ a ‘Re-Test’ may be requested at an additional cost of £25. Please note that there needs to be a minimum 24 hours between failing the initial ‘Taxi Knowledge Test’ and the ‘Re-Test’ Once the Knowledge test has been successfully completed then the application can be submitted.    

What happens next?

Upon receiving a satisfactory CRB return from the Disclosure & Barring Service, the Licensing Authority will then consider your application and if appropriate, issue a Hackney Carriage Drivers Licence. If the application is refused then the applicant can appeal against the decision to the Licensing Committee.   

Contact Public Protection

Regulatory and Economic Development
Council Offices
Isle of Anglesey
LL77 7TW
Trading Standards:
General enquiries: 01248 752840
Fax: 01248 752884
Environmental Health:
General enquiries: (01248) 752820
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