Taxi licences

Hackney carriage fare review consultation

On 1 April 2019, we will become a single council which means we will be making some changes to the way we licence vehicles, drivers and operators.


This includes updating both the licensing policy and the maximum fares hackney carriages can charge in order to make them more consistent across West Suffolk.


The taxi licensing policy consultation recently closed on the 5 November 2018 and the two week hackney carriage fares consultation will be open from noon on 7 December to noon on 21 December. To find out more please visit the Hackney carriage fare review consultation page

If you want to run a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle business, you will need to apply for the appropriate licence from the licensing authority you wish to operate in. Separate licences will be required for vehicles, drivers and operating companies.

The purpose of licensing is to ensure the safety of the public, by checking that the drivers are fit and proper, and that the vehicles they drive are safe, suitable and reliable.

In West Suffolk there are two licensing authorities, Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council. To apply for a licence click on the licensing authority relevant to you. If you do not know who that is, visit Gov.UK, find your local council

If you are renewing your vehicle licence and looking to upgrade your existing licensed vehicle to electric, you may be eligible to a grant. Please read this leaflet Business Energy Efficiency Anglia (BEE Anglia) to see if you meet the criteria.

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