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Private hire vehicles

Licensed private hire vehicles must only be driven by a licensed private hire driver. The vehicle cannot be driven by anyone who does not hold the relevant licence, even if the vehicle is not for hire (for example, partners driving for social and domestic purposes).

A private hire vehicle is allowed to carry passengers for hire and reward when booked with a licensed private hire operator.

These vehicles cannot:

  • ply for hire;
  • be hailed by a prospective passenger;
  • work from a rank.

Please note

The vehicle must be presented (by appointment) to the Licensing Unit for a compliance inspection before purchase. Should an applicant or driver purchase a vehicle without the council first inspecting it and it is subsequently refused a licence as it does not comply with the above criteria, the council will not be liable for any expense incurred.

Vehicle specifications and Conditions

These form part of the council's taxi policy and are as follows:


For more information contact Licensing Unit by telephone: 01634 337108 or by email: licensing@medway.gov.uk

Write to: Licensing Unit, Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR