The term "taxi" is a generic term applied to both Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicles. The primary difference between the two is that Hackney Carriages "ply for hire" and use taxi ranks, whilst Private Hire Vehicles, which can only be booked in advance, may not.
If you intend to be a Hackney Carriage Driver in the Wealden area you must apply to us for a Driver's Licence and a Vehicle Licence.
If you intend to be a Private Hire Driver you may also need to apply for a Private Hire Operator Licence (see below) in addition to the Driver and Vehicle Licences.
If you intend to make provision for and the acceptance of bookings in the Wealden area then you will need a Private Hire Operator's Licence issued by this Authority. Please note that this requirement does not apply to Hackney Carriage Drivers/ Operators.
From 1st April 2013, Wealden District Council has set maximum fares for Hackney Carriages. For full details please refer to the fare card shown on our Taxi Changes Guidance page.
Information on the differences between the two types of vehicle can be found on our Vehicle Licences page below.
Information and advice on applying for a Driver's Licence.
Information and advice on the different types of vehicle you may wish to drive, and details of how to apply for each.
Information and advice on applying for an Operator's Licence.
Fees are payable at the time of making an application and applications submitted without the correct fee will be rejected. Please see our dedicated fee page for more details.
Some major changes are being made to Dual Driver, Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licences from the 1 April 2013. Visit our page for full details of the changes. You can also download a pdf document of these changes.
The Council has adopted a penalty points scheme which will be implemented from 1 July 2013. Visit our page for full details of the scheme.