Coronavirus - taxi advice

Coronavirus - arrangements for taxi licensing

Coronavirus testing for taxi and private hire drivers

If you are a driver and you are showing symptoms of coronavirus, for example, a cough or high temperature, you can book in for a coronvirus test. If you are not showing symptoms, you are not eligible for a test.

In light of recent government advice about COVID-19 we have had to make some changes to the Taxi Licensing Service. Some of these may affect you and your business.

These changes have been made to minimise the risk and spread of the virus and to keep our staff and our customers safe whilst we administer the service.

In some circumstances we have had no choice but to temporarily suspend the service.  Our priority is to ensure that existing licence holders and businesses can continue to operate, where possible and within the guidelines for operating businesses set out by Government.

This is a difficult and unprecedented situation.  We will continue to monitor the situation and this web page will be kept up to date with all changes, including when normal service will resume.

Department for Transport update on the status of taxi and private hire

"Taxis and private hire vehicles can continue to work. But the advice is absolutely clear - people should stay at home if possible. That is the way to save lives and protect our NHS. The public should avoid travel unless absolutely essential. The only reasons to leave our houses are set out in the government guidance.
“Clearly if absolutely necessary to travel by taxi or private hire vehicle, best efforts should be used to follow the guidance as far as is practically possible, including washing your hands as soon as you get home.
“Taxi and private hire drivers should not generally be considered Critical Workers. Those undertaking Home to School transport or the transport of ‘extremely vulnerable’ people may be considered Critical Workers on a case-by-case basis. Critical Workers should also whenever possible make suitable arrangements for their children to stay at home; requests for children to attend school should be discussed with the school.”

Appointed Garages/MOT Testing Stations

It has been announced that MOTs will not be required for a 6 month period from 30 March 2020.  Taxis and private hire vehicles carry the public and in Pendle they have a poor safety record. The suspension of taxi tests has now been lifted and all licensed vehicles will be expected to go for a test at one of the Council’s appointed garages.

Staffing/Telephones

At the moment, our officers are working.  You can contact them by email at taxi.licensing@pendle.gov.uk

Face to Face Appointments

All face to face appointments for applications in respect of private hire/hackney carriage licences have been suspended until further notice.  The appointment system will re-open when normal service resumes.

Knowledge Tests

All knowledge tests have been suspended until further notice.  We will contact all applicants to re-arrange any booked test when normal service resumes and applicants will be expected to pass the test to be granted a licence.

DBS Certificates

Anyone due to submit their DBS certificates to us can either scan or take a picture of the DBS and forward it to taxi.licensing@pendle.gov.uk.

If you require a new DBS certificate due to you not subscribing to the update service, arrangements have been made with Personnel Checks to carry these out for the Council at a cost of £49.90.  The check can be done, with them, online and further information on how to submit an application will be given when requested.

A DBS update and a DVLA check will be carried out and if these are in order the licence will be sent by email and must be carried with you whilst driving a licensed vehicle.  The badge will be issued at a later date and posted out.

If you are due to submit a DBS certificate please also scan this or take a picture of it and forward with your application.

Medicals

Any existing driver who is due to have a medical undertaken within the next 3 months will be asked to submit a declaration form about their medical condition.  Download the Medical Declaration Form, sign it and email it back to taxi.licensing@pendle.gov.uk.

New Applications

We will not be accepting any applications for new private hire/hackney carriage driver’s licences for the next 4 weeks.  This will be kept under review and updated as required.  Our priority at this time is to ensure that existing licence holders and businesses can continue to operate, where possible.

Drivers – renewal applications

A renewal application form is available to download. 

Please complete this form and either scan or take a picture of the application form and email it to taxi.licensing@pendle.gov.uk and make an online payment of £87.18 for a 1 year licence or £261.55 for a 3 year licence at https://www.pendle.gov.uk/pay_for_it and select taxi driver’s licence.

Vehicles – renewal and new applications

A renewal application form is available on line.  Please complete this form and either scan or take a picture of the application form and email it to taxi.licensing@pendle.gov.uk , together with your insurance certificate and vehicle registration document. Then make your online payment at https://www.pendle.gov.uk/pay_for_it and select either hackney carriage vehicle or private hire vehicle. 

Your licence will be sent by email and must be carried with you whilst driving a licensed vehicle.  The plates(s) will be issued at a later date and posted out.

Non-renewal of vehicle licences

If you do not want to renew your vehicle licence because you are unable to work, the usual 1 month following expiry will not apply.  Instead you will be given 6 months from your expiry date to submit your renewal application. This is as long as the vehicle is not more than 11 years old on renewal or 12 years for a  wheelchair accessible vehicle.

You can download application forms from the Taxis homepage.