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Vehicle applications and renewals

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1. New vehicle application

Vehicle requirements for a new hackney carriage

Hackney carriages must be either a Euro 6 emission vehicle with wheelchair access from the side. Or an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) - either fully electric or a plug-in hybrid that produces no more than 75g/km of CO2.

The vehicle must also be painted in the city's red and black paint scheme with the city crest and be fitted with in-cab CCTV.

A hackney carriage licence for a ULEV/electric vehicle will only be considered once at least half of the Hackney Carriage fleet is wheelchair accessible.  If you wish to apply for a ULEV/ electric vehicle your application will be placed on a waiting list and licences will be issued in the order they were received once the 50% threshold has been reached, and processed on a one ULEV, then one wheelchair accessible basis to maintain the 50/50 ratio.

Applicants for hackney carriage vehicles must have at least 12 months recent experience (within the previous 5 years before application) of operating as a driver of a taxi or private hire vehicle as his/her main occupation, and must hold a valid Exeter City Council Dual Drivers Licence (Taxi & PHV).

Application form and conditions

Please bring the following:

  • Your vehicle
  • A completed application form
  • The fee (see below)
  • An MOT certificate that is not more than 3 months old on the day of your appointment
  • An insurance certificate that covers your vehicle for the day your new licence will commence and also covers the vehicle under the terms of a hackney carriage/private hire licence.
  • The vehicle registration document in the registered keeper's name and current address. If you have sent this off to the DVLA, we will accept the new keeper supplement of the vehicle registration document and ask you to bring in the full document when you receive it back from the DVLA.

Please contact us on 01392 265702 to arrange an appointment. 

Important information: Only a taxi driver licensed with Exeter City Council may drive the vehicle away after it has been licensed as a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle.

Fees and charges

Private hire vehicle licence: £285.00

Hackney carriage vehicle licence: £370.00

Vehicle requirements for a new private hire vehicle

New private hire vehicles must be less than 4 years old, however those between 3 and 4 years old will need to have a basic inspection completed by the AA, RAC or IAM. Any essential repairs highlighted will need to be carried out and we will need to see proof of this (an itemised receipt from your garage) as well as the report itself when you come in to licence your vehicle. If the vehicle is over 4 years old you cannot licence it as a private hire vehicle.

Once a vehicle is licensed it can be re-licensed annually until the vehicle is 8 years old. The age of the vehicle is calculated from the date of first registration shown on the V5 registration document.

Customer satisfaction survey

Please take the time to complete our customer satisfaction survey.  Once completed please email to