Northampton Borough Council
Northampton Borough Council

Licensing ensures the safety of the public by ensuring that drivers are fit and proper and that the vehicles they drive are safe, suitable and reliable.

The Council is responsible for licensing the following vehicles carrying up to and including eight passengers (excluding Wedding and Funeral Cars)

Hackney Carriage Vehicles

London style black cabs known as taxis which are chauffeur driven hire vehicles that can ply for hire, be flagged down [i.e. hailed in street by the public] or hired at a taxi rank.

Private Hire Vehicles

Saloon and estate cars, and people carriers which are chauffeur driven but cannot ply for hire in the street or at taxi ranks and must be pre-booked via a Private Hire Operator.

We also licence the drivers of these vehicles and operators of Private Hire Vehicles who work within the borough boundary named as follows:

Hackney Carriage Drivers

Can drive Hackney Carriage Vehicles but not Private Hire Vehicles in Northampton unless they apply as a Combined Driver.

Private Hire Drivers

Can drive Private Hire Vehicles but not Hackney Carriage Vehicles in Northampton, unless they undertake the Hackney Test and apply as a Combined Driver.

Private Hire Operators

Are firms who receive telephone bookings from the public and task private hire vehicles and their drivers.

N.B. Companies who take bookings for Hackney Carriage Vehicles do not have to be licensed unless they also take bookings for Private Hire Vehicles.
Northampton Borough Council's Taxi Licensing Office is not responsible for licensing the following vehicles:

  • Some Novelty Vehicles 
  • Public Service Vehicles (PSV)
  • Vehicles carrying nine or more passengers
  • Any other type of vehicle licence

For further information concerning these vehicles contact the West Midlands Traffic Commission at the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA)

Further information for:

  • Public, Passengers and Complaints
  • New Applicants (New Taxi Drivers)
  • Trade (Licensee holders)

Contact us

Tel 01604 838 711

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