The main difference between the two is that taxis (Hackney Carriages) “ply for hire” and use taxi ranks, Private Hire Vehicles can only be booked in advance.
If you want to drive either a Hackney Carriage or a Private Hire Vehicle in the Wealden area, you will first need to apply for a Dual Driver Licence.
To licence your own vehicle you will then need to apply for a Hackney Carriage or a Private Hire vehicle licence.
If you want to accept bookings in the Wealden area and are not going to be working for an existing operator you will also need a Private Hire Operator’s Licence. Please note that this requirement does not apply to Hackney Carriage Drivers/Operators.
For any questions about a new or existing licence, please complete our Taxi licence enquiries form.
Sussex Air Electric Vehicle Survey
Sussex Air would like to know your opinions on electric vehicles used in the taxi and private hire trade. This survey should take about 10 minutes to complete and will help us understand any barriers you face purchasing an electric vehicle as well as setting future policies around electric vehicles. For more information please see Sussex Air Taxi project.
Dual driver licences
Information and advice on applying for a dual 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.
Private hire operator licences
Information and advice on applying for a private hire operator’s licence.
Make a Taxi or Private Hire Payment
You can make all of your taxi payments online. If you would like to view our fees before you pay please visit our Taxi Licensing Fees page.
Existing Drivers and Licence Holders
If you already hold a licence then you may find the information on this page useful.
Tax Conditionality for Dual Driver and Private Hire Operator renewals
From 4th April 2022 the government requires dual driver and private hire operator renewals to perform a tax check, information about this can be found here.
Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Policy and Guidance
The Wealden District Council Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Handbook is free to download and it is essential that all drivers, proprietors and operators read the handbook.
Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Public Register
Our public registers are updated monthly.
Guidance for passengers
Understand how our licensed vehicles should operate to help keep you safe.