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Combined Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Driver's Licence.

Basildon Council issues a combined Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Driver's Licence. Applications must be made in writing.

Information

Members of the travelling public place a lot of trust in the driver of the licensed vehicle they get into. Therefore the Council insists on high standards from an applicant for a driver's licence.

You must be:

  • Over 21 years of age and have held a full DVLA driving licence for at least three years.

You must not

  • Have been convicted of two or more serious motoring offences during the previous three years.
  • Have been subject of any notices issued by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) prohibiting the use of a vehicle on a public road within the previous 12 months.

Convictions:

Basildon Council gives guidance with regard to the relevance of previous convictions and cautions. See pdf icon Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Driver Suitability Criteria and Licence Conditions - November 2017 [463kb]

How To Apply

You can obtain a copy of the application form plus an information sheet by contacting the Licensing Team in either of the following ways:

  • By email:   licensing@basildon.gov.uk
  • By phone:  01268 206925
  • By visiting: Basildon Borough Council, The Basildon Centre, St Martin's Square, Basildon, Essex. SS14 1DL

An application pack  is available from any of the staff at the main reception desk

All applications require an interview to check original documents and for a photograph to be taken in preparation for the issue of the badge. Please telephone the Licensing Team on 01268 206925 to make an appointment.

At your interview we will need to see:

  • Your DVLA driving licence
  • Your passport (if applicable)
  • Your full birth certificate
  • A completed Disclosure and Barring Service Application form***
  • If you are a married woman, a copy of your marriage certificate
  • Proof that you are entitled to remain and seek work in the UK

We will also need you to:

  • Sign a Mandate Form in order that a check can be made through the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA)

***At present it is not possible to download a Disclosure and Barring Service Application form from either this website or the GOV.UK - Disclosure & Barring Service. You will be asked to complete a copy of this form when you return your completed application form and other documentation, which we will provide you with at your interview.  This should only take a few minutes and licensing staff will be on hand to help.

Disclosure and Barring Update Service

With effect from 1 November 2017, all applicants for a combined hackney carriage and private hire drivers licence will be required to sign up to the DBS Online Update Service.  This is a mandatory requirement which will require you to register with the Disclosure and Barring Service online within 30 days from the issue of your DBS Certificate (provided by the DBS).  To register for the DBS Update Service, applicants will be required to pay the current registration fee (£13), which is payable direct to the DBS Service.  Payment is taken initially by card, there is no option for direct debit payments.  By selecting he option to automatically renew a subscription, the DBS will store your card details to take the £13* subscription on an annual basis.  It will be your responsibility to ensure that those payment details remain current and valid i.e. if you change your payment card over the course of the year, the DBS will not be able to take your annual subscription.  *annual fee may be subject to change by the DBS service.

 


Returning Your Completed Application and Other Required Documents

Please telephone us on 01268 206925 to make an appointment to submit your application.

Please do not post your completed application form to the Licensing Office.
We will need to see you in person when you hand in your application and all of the necessary additional documents mentioned above. This enables us to interview you, check your original documents and get your photograph taken in preparation for the issue of your badge.


Fees

The current fee for new applicants is £290 for a 3 year licence.

The cost covers the application fee, all administration work, knowledge tests and the issue of a badge and licence which expire 3 years after the date of issue.

In addition to this you will need to pay for a Disclosure and Barring Service check which currently costs £44 (although this fee is set by the Disclosure and Barring Service and is subject to change). Once you have completed your knowledge test you will also need to pay for a Group 2 medical examination.


Immigration Status

Right to Work Checks.

Changes in the law, taking place from 1st December 2016, mean that all applications for hackney carriage and private hire drivers licences and private hire vehicle operators licences in the UK, including licence renewals, will now have to undergo immigration checks.

The change in the legislation means that Basildon Council, as the licensing authority, must by law ensure that all hackney carriage and private hire drivers licence holders and persons who operate private hire vehicle operators licences have the legal right to work in the UK.  This applies to both new applicants and those applying for the renewal of a licence.

All existing hackney carriage and private hire drivers licence holders making an application to renew their licence on or after 1st December 2016 will need to undergo an immigration check.  Similarly anyone making a new application on or after 1st December 2016 will also need to undergo an immigration check before a licence can be issued.

All applicants will be subject to the same checks at the beginning of the application process to ensure that they have a legal right to work in the UK and all licensing authorities across the UK will be applying this legislation.

For those with no restrictions on the right to work (for example, British Citizens or those with current Biometric Immigration Documents indicating they are allowed to stay indefinitely in the UK), an immigration check should be straight forward.  They will need to show their original British passport or current Biometric Immigration Document with their application.  Those with restrictions on the right to work in the UK will need to show original documentation confirming their rights and restrictions.

To see a schedule of documents that the licensing authority will accept before we will undertake a Right to Work check and a Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS) check, see pdf icon Schedule of Documents needed for Right to Work check - 01-12-2016 [197kb]

If applicants have any questions, concerns or need confirmation about what documents are required for either the right to work check or a DBS check, please contact the Licensing Team on 01268 206925

 


Passenger Assistance Training Certificate

Applicants for a Combined Drivers Licence will also need a Passenger Assistance Training (PATS) Certificate.

PATS stands for Passenger Assistant Training Scheme. It has been developed out of MiDAS, the Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme. MiDAS is a nationally successful training programme developed in the early 1990's for minibus drivers. The aim of both PATS and MiDAS is to improve safety standards for people who need assistance, care and supervision on the move.

   
Further details will be provided for you at your interview


Driving Test

A applicants are required to pass a driving assessments for hackney carriage and private hire drivers.  Further details will be provided at your interview.


Knowledge Test

Applicants for a Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Drivers' licence will be required to undergo a knowledge test.

As a licensed driver you will be expected to know your way round the Basildon Borough with some degree of competence. The travelling public have a right to expect that.

We do not expect you to have the same depth of knowledge as London cab drivers.

This is not a written test.

The test will take approximately 35 minutes, but please allow 90 minutes, to include time for setting up and debriefing.  Knowledge tests are held at The Basildon Centre, St Martin's Square, Basildon, by an authorised Officer.

Any applicant who is not successful at their first attempt will be allowed to retake the test. Applicants can take a maximum of four tests at two week intervals.

Most applicants attain the required level within 4-6 weeks if they make a committed effort.

See also: Driver Knowledge Test for further information.


Medical Examination

Once you have completed the knowledge test you will have to pass a Group 2 medical at an independent clinic approved by the Council.

The clinic currently used by the council is Cotswold Medicals Limited. Please telephone them on 01454 317436 Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm to book your group 2 medical assessment.

You will be responsible for paying for your medical assessment and for any cancellation charge should you not attend. You will need to make a payment by debit or credit card when you book the appointment.

You will need to take the following to your medical assessment:

  • The medical questionnaire (supplied by Basildon Borough Council)
  • A small sample of urine
  • Your glasses if you need them for driving
  • If you wear contact lenses you will need to take your kit with you so that you can take them out, because you also need to be tested without your lenses in
  • Any prescribed medicines that you are taking
  • Details of any medical treatment that you are currently receiving

Applicants Who Have Spent Time Outside The UK

Before the local authority grants a drivers licence it must be satisfied that the applicant is a 'fit and proper' person to hold a licence. The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 allows the licensing authority a certain amount of flexibility in determining what they can take into account in making this judgement.

In November 2009, Basildon Council adopted a policy for dealing with applicants for new and renewal drivers licences who have spent significant periods of time outside the UK. This is because the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) remit does not extend outside the UK, so any history of criminal behaviour would not be revealed. The policy applies to persons who have spent time in both EU and non EU countries, see pdf icon Policy - Applicants Who Have Spent Time Outside The UK [212kb] pdf icon Basildon Council - Guidance Notes for Overseas Applicants - Dec 2016 [115kb]


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