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Licensed vehicles and drivers
Drivers of licensed vehicles must have them inspected before
their current MOT certificate expires. If a vehicle passes its
inspection, the licence will be issued to expire on the same day as
the MOT, not on the last day of the month of inspection. The driver
must then phone the Licensing Unit to make an appointment to hand
in his or her garage documentation and collect the plate. Drivers
will need to bring their old external and internal plates with them
or their new plates will not be released. Payment for licences must
be by cheque on collection of the plate or by debit or credit card
at the time of making the appointment.
Vehicles must be presented for inspection and the paperwork
received in the Licensing Unit by the due date. Failure to do so
will result in the vehicle licence being suspended and drivers in
this position will not be able to use their vehicles for hire and
Vehicle compliance checks and approved vehicle checks
An appointment must be made with an Enforcement Officer. There
is a taxi parking space in the loading bay area specifically for
this purpose that will be monitored by the council's security
staff. Drivers must not park in this area for any other purpose
unless directed by a licensing enforcement officer.
Driver licence renewals
Applications must be sent by post to the address
below. There are no facilities for submitting applications in
person, so application and original identification should be sent
by Royal Mail Recorded Delivery. The Licensing Unit will ensure
these are returned to drivers by Royal Mail Recorded Delivery. The
application process cannot be done electronically due to an
increased risk of fraud, especially identity theft.
If an application is incomplete, it will not be accepted and
will be returned, so applications should be made in plenty of time.
A completed and correct application must be received before the
expiry of an existing licence. An expired licence cannot be
renewed. Drivers who fail to renew their licences will not be able
to drive for hire and reward and will be committing an offence if
they are found to be doing so.
Please note, while the Licensing Unit sends reminder letters for
the renewal of licences and inspections, it is not required to do
so. It is a driver's responsibility to ensure that he or she
submits applications or vehicles by the due date. The Licensing
Unit will not be held responsible if they fail to do so.
For more information contact Licensing Unit by
telephone: 01634 337108 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Write to: Licensing Unit, Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road,
Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR