Hackney carriage and private hire vehicle licences

Taxi sign

Hackney carriage vehicle

A hackney carriage vehicle (black cab) that is intended to be operated within the city of Salford requires to be licensed with the licensing section.

A hackney carriage vehicle is more commonly known as a black cab. These vehicles can be London-type taxis (of any colour but are predominately black) or purpose built hackney carriages, made by a number of manufacturers. These will be of a black colour with a permanent fixed illuminated taxi sign on the roof of the vehicle.

A hackney carriage vehicle can be flagged down in the streets of Salford.

New vehicle applications and renewals

A Hackney carriage vehicle must be licensed with the licensing section.

To licence a vehicle as a hackney carriage you must complete an online application form and pay a total fee of £247 for a 12 month licence. You will need to make an initial payment of £147 with this application. 

A further two payments of £50 each will be paid to VMS directly when you book your compliance test. All vehicles must pass a certificate of compliance test before a plate is issued.

New applications

Apply for a new taxi vehicle licence

Renewals

Apply to renew a taxi vehicle licence

All hackney carriage vehicles licensed by the Salford City Council will display a yellow identification plate on the front and rear of the vehicle. Details on the plate are the vehicle number, expiry date, registration number, model of vehicle and the number of passengers it is licensed to carry.

Any person driving a hackney carriage vehicle must also be licensed as a Hackney carriage driver with Salford City Council.

If you have a complaint or concern regarding a hackney carriage vehicle in Salford, please contact the licensing section.

Private hire vehicle

Private hire taxiAny person who wishes to operate a private hire vehicle within the city of Salford must be licensed with the licensing section.

A private hire vehicle must be pre-booked through a licensed private hire operator before a member of the public can use this vehicle for a journey. These vehicles cannot be flagged down in the street. Any member of the public that undertakes a journey by flagging down these vehicles will be doing so uninsured. The driver will also be committing an offence. Members of the public who wish to book a vehicle must do so through the private hire operator and not to the driver's own mobile phone.

New vehicle applications and renewals

To licence a vehicle as private hire you must complete an online application form and pay a total fee of £123 for a six month licence. You will need to make an initial payment of £73 with this application. 

You will then make a further payment of £50 directly to VMS when you book your compliance test. All vehicles must pass a certificate of compliance test before a plate is issued.

New applications

Apply for a new taxi vehicle licence

Renewals

Apply to renew a taxi vehicle licence

A private hire vehicle licensed by Salford City Council will display an identification plate on the front and rear of the vehicle. The details on the plate include private hire vehicle number, expiry date, make and colour of vehicle and the registration details.

The licensing section is responsible for enforcement and complaints concerning private hire vehicles. See the taxi licensing policy below.

Executive hire

If you wish to apply for executive hire, you must first contact the licensing team and supply a copy of your contract to provide executive work. You can contact us at licensing@salford.gov.uk.

Downloadable documents

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This page was last updated on 17 February 2020

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