The application procedure for a vehicle licence is the same for either hackney carriage or private hire. Licences are issued for a maximum period of 6 months.
Currently, the limit of 187 vehicles has been reached. As such, no further new hackney carriage vehicle licences will be issued.
Once a hackney carriage vehicle licence is licensed, it can only be driven by a hackney carriage driver, licensed by us.
There is no limit to the number of private hire vehicles licensed within Preston. Once a private hire is licensed, it can only be driven by a private hire driver, licensed by us.
You can apply for your new or renewal vehicle licence by completing our online form:
|Type of application||Hackney Carriage||Private Hire|
For additional taxi vehicle licence fee prices please visit taxi licence fees.
Please note that once you have had your vehicle licence for nearly 6 months, we will remind you, in writing, to renew your licence before it expires.
You will need to include a copy of the relevant insurance certificate.
Please note: if you are applying for your licence online and do not have a digital copy of the relevant insurance certificate, you can post, or bring your document to the Town Hall.
Alternatively, they can be emailed to us at email@example.com.
You will need to make your own arrangements to have your vehicle examined and tested before we can issue you with a new or renewal vehicle licence.
There are currently six approved garages to undertake taxi vehicle examinations and tests, which are:
|Name||Address||Telephone||Test open hours|
71 Longridge Road
|01772 652223||Mon to Fri, 8am - 5.30pm; Sat 8am -1pm|
|Dal Auto Dynamics||Unit C, D & E|
|01772 254224||Mon to Fri. 9am - 5pm; Sat 9am - 1pm|
|Fleet Services||Vehicle Management|
Ribblesdale Trading Estate
|01772 704130||Mon to Fri, 8.30am - 5.30pm|
|Frank Street Garage||72 Frank Street|
|01772 251200||Mon to Fri, 8.30am - 5.30pm; Sat 8.30am - 2pm|
|Preston Bus Limited||221 Deepdale Road|
|01772 550628||Mon to Fri, 7.30am - 4.30pm; Sat 7.30am - 12pm|
|Ribble Valley Service Centre Ltd||6-10 Kent Street|
|01772 556027||Mon to Fri, 8.30am - 5.30pm; Sat 8.30am - 12.30pm|
Please note: the garage will charge you a fee for this service.
The vehicle will be subject to an MOT test and will also need to meet a number of extra standards required by us.
These extra testing standards are detailed in the compliance testing page.
The garage will notify us of the results of the vehicle test and if the vehicle has passed, then we will receive a compliance certificate. They may also give you a copy of the certificate, together with an MOT certificate, for your own records.
Your licence, vehicle plates with associated materials, and any original documents will be available for collection from the Town Hall reception no later than 5 working days after we have received the following:
Please note: you will be contacted by a licensing technician when your licence and associated materials are ready for collection from the Town Hall.
Preston Town Hall, Lancaster Road, Preston, PR1 2RL.