Private hire vehicle (minicab) licences
Private hire vehicles (mini cabs) have to be
licensed. Private hire vehicles are vehicles that cannot be hailed
from the street, and journeys must be pre-booked. Vehicles must be
tested and inspected before a licence can be issued to ensure that
they are mechanically fit, safe and comfortable.
Minicab operators must hold a licence from the
Public Carriage Office (PCO) to run a service (to accept or invite
bookings for private hire vehicles). It is an offence to drive a
minicab without a private hire driving licence or a temporary
permit issued by the PCO.
A licence is required before any person can drive a private hire
vehicle. Licences are issued subject to proof of eligibility
(age, driving licence, criminal records check, medical assessment
Please contact the Transport for London (TfL)
for more information.
Tel: 0845 602 7000.