Private Hire Vehicles
Private Hire vehicles are licensed solely for pre-booked work and must be booked through a licensed Private Hire Operator. A private hire must be pre-booked and can't be hailed in the street.
Licensed Private Hire vehicles can be identified by the mainly royal blue identification plate, secured to the front and rear of the vehicle. This plate must bear appropriate door signs on the front doors of the car in addition to the pre-booking only signage.
Private Hire Vehicles are licensed for 12 months.
Hackney Carriage Vehicles
Hackney Carriages can be hailed in the street, hired from a rank and can be pre-booked.
Licenced Hackney Carriages can be identified by the mainly white identification plate, secured to the front and rear of the vehicle. An illuminated sign on the vehicle is activated when available for hire.
Hackney Carriages are licensed for 12 months.