The Council issues licences that enable the driving of both Hackney Carriages and Private Hire Vehicles. Licences shall be issued for a maximum period of 3 years but the Council can grant licences for a lesser period if deemed appropriate or if the applicant applies for a lesser term.
Licences shall only be issued to those persons who are deemed to be ‘fit and proper persons to hold a licence’
For further detailed information on the application process please refer to the Bassetlaw District Council Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing Policy which is available on the Bassetlaw District Council website
STEP 1 – PRACTICAL DRIVING ASSESSMENT
You must pass a practical driving assessment with the Councils named provider. Once you have passed the assessment you will be provided with documentation which you must produce in support of your application
The Councils named provider are Personnel Checks. Bookings for the assessment can be made by calling 01254 355662. PLEASE NOTE
- The person who is sitting the assessment is the person who must make the booking for the Practical Driving Assessment, bookings via third parties will not be accepted.
You will have to take the test in your own vehicle. At the time of booking the assessment you will be required to
- Pay the fee of £90 (VAT inclusive)
- State the make, model and the colour of the vehicle which you will be using to sit the assessment
On the day of the assessment you will be required to attend, in their vehicle at Coach Road, Shireoaks, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S81 8BW. Please DO NOT go in to the DVSA Test Centre as the DVSA no longer offer Taxi Driver Assessments. The assessor will come to your vehicle. Before the assessment can commence you will be required to produce:
- Proof that you are insured to drive the vehicle, this must be fully comprehensive insurance
- Your photo card driving licence
- Proof of identity and address
What Does The Assessment Involve?
1. Eyesight Test
At the start, you’ll have to read a number plate from a distance of:
- 20 metres for vehicles with a new-style number plate
- 20.5 metres for vehicles with an old-style number plate
New-style number plates start with 2 letters followed by 2 numbers, for example, AB51 ABC. You must use glasses or contact lenses during the whole test if you need them to read the number plate. You can’t take the driving (practical) part of the assessment if you fail the eyesight test.
2. Practical Assessment
The assessment will include:
- a manoeuvre where you’ll be asked to turn your vehicle to face the opposite direction
- around 10 minutes of driving without being given turn-by-turn directions by the examiner
- stops at the side of the road as if a passenger is getting in or out
- related questions, like what to do if a passenger leaves property in your vehicle
- questions from The Highway Code and identifying traffic signs and road markings
You might also be asked to do an emergency stop.
You’ll pass the assessment if you make 9 faults or fewer. You’ll fail if you make a serious or dangerous fault.
Applicants who can provide a valid Driver Certificate of Professional Competence Card (CPC) with their application are to be exempt from providing proof that they have completed and passed the take the Practical Taxi Driving Assessment
STEP 2 – MEDICALS FOR NEW APPLICANTS
New Applicants are required to undergo a medical which meets 'Group 2' standards with the Councils current medical provider.
The Council must be satisfied that you meet the 'Group 2' standards.
A medical to 'Group 2' standards will be required on first application and then every five years from the age of 45. On reaching the age of 65 a medical will be required annually.
The Council may also request a medical at any other time it feels may be necessary to ascertain a persons’ fitness to drive a licensed vehicle.
The Council’s current medical provider is:
Fit 2 Drive Medicals https://www.fit2drivemedicals.co.uk/
You are required to contact Fit 2 Drive Medicals and make an appointment for your medical examination, this is to ensure that the appointment time is convenient to you. Payment will be taken at the time of booking.
Cancellations at short notice or no-shows will incur a charge. If you need to cancel or rearrange an appointment you are required to contact Fit 2 Drive Medicals . Fit 2 Drive Medicals Terms and Conditions can be viewed here: https://www.fit2drivemedicals.co.uk/terms-and-conditions.php
You will need to take the following with you to any medical:
1. Bassetlaw District Council Medical Certificate
2. Medical History Summary sheet from your GP
3. If you require glasses and/or contact lenses for driving, you must provide a recent prescription from their Optician/Optometrist.
You must also:
a. Arrive at least 20 minutes in advance of your appointment time and you will be required to complete a Fit 2 Drive Medical Questionnaire.
b. Arrive with a full bladder, as a urine sample must be produced at the time of attendance and not before.
You will require the following details to complete the form
i. Details of your GP/Consultant's details i.e. name, surgery and contact number.
ii. Details of any medication that they may be taking. This includes name and dosage details
Failure to provide these documents may result in the medical form not being completed, and the cancellation policy will be implemented.
STEP 3 – KNOWLEDGE TEST
All Hackney Carriage and Private Hire drivers must have an in depth knowledge of the road network allowing to allow them to plan a journey or to locate places of interest within the Bassetlaw district, without the aid of satellite navigation system.
Therefore, all applicants must sit and pass a knowledge test of the Bassetlaw area. The cost of sitting the assessment is £45 which is payable directly to Bassetlaw District Council
If an applicant fails the Knowledge Test they must:
- Wait a period of one calendar month before they can re-sit.
- Pay the cost of re-sitting the test (£45.00)
An applicant can re-sit the Knowledge Test a maximum of three times after which they must wait twelve calendar months from the date of their last re-sit before they can re-apply for a licence with Bassetlaw District Council
To book a Knowledge Test, please contact Bassetlaw District Council’s Licensing Department on 01909 535 123.
STEP 4 – CERTIFICATE OF GOOD CONDUCT
If the an applicant was born outside of the UK and came to the UK as an adult, you must provide an enhanced DBS certificate and a criminal record check (“Certificate of Good Conduct”) from the country(ies) outside of the UK that you have lived in.
You must obtain this from all non-UK countries you have lived in. You should contact the relevant Consulate for more information on this.
The Certificate of Good Conduct must be authorised by a member of staff at Bassetlaw District Council.
If the you came to the UK as a child (under the age of 16), you must provide evidence of this. Examples of proof accepted by the Council include:
• the applicant’s/licensee’s parent’s passport from when they first came to the UK, • proof of school attendance in the UK, • a letter from your GP stating how long they have been registered with the NHS.
If an you have spent 3 continuous months or more overseas, since reaching the age of 16 the Council will need to see evidence of a criminal record check from the country/countries you have visited when you were overseas.
If you are unable to provide the necessary documents to the satisfaction of the Council you may be unable to satisfy the Council that you are a fit and proper person to hold a licence and the application may be refused or any existing licence may be suspended/revoked.
Documents required and procedure to support and application
A) UK Citizens born outside the UK
• UK enhanced DBS check • Additional information as required at the discretion of the Council. This may vary depending on the length of time the applicant has been resident in the UK. • The non-UK Disclosure (“Certificate of Good Conduct”) must be in English and interpreted by someone on Her Majesty’s Courts Interpretation Services list. • The Council reserves the right to require a statutory declaration from a UK solicitor in a format prescribed by the Council. • Applicants have to conduct such transactions through the relevant national embassy or in accordance with UK DBS guidance. B) Non UK or EU residents
• UK enhanced DBS check • DBS certificate from the applicant’s home country with all information submitted via the licensing office to enable checking of all identity information (this corresponds with the UK DBS procedure). • 2 character additional references from a UK resident of a professional background who has known the applicant for more than 2 years. • The non-UK Disclosure (“Certificate of Good Conduct”) must be in English and interpreted by someone on Her Majesty’s Courts Interpretation Services list. • The Council reserves the right to require a statutory declaration from a UK solicitor in a format prescribed by the Council. • Applicants have to conduct such transactions through the relevant national embassy or in accordance with UK DBS guidance. C) Non UK or EU applicants living in multiple countries
• In addition to the above requirements at point (B) the Council may require a non-UK DBS disclosure from any country they have lived in for 3 months or more. D) None EU Countries
The Council notes is not always possible to obtain a criminal records certificate (“Certificate of Good Conduct”) from countries that do not have functioning criminal record regimes or some countries refuse to provide this information to anyone other than their own citizens. In the absence of available checks, the Council expect applicants/licensees to obtain as much information as possible in the form of references or other evidence to enable the application to be determined.
The Council in making its final decision to grant a licence and in balancing ‘fit and proper’ person assessment will consider the information available to them about the applicant and how that information can be validated.
Police character certificates’ (“Certificate of Good Conduct”) or equivalent should be obtained via the Embassy of a country the applicant/licensee has lived in for a period longer than 3 months, or as described in the process under the heading “UK citizens born outside of UK”.
The purpose of requiring a statutory declaration is to enable the Council to demonstrate that it has taken significant steps to ensure, as far as is practicable, the credibility of information supplied to it within a legal process. It should also demonstrate to the you as an applicant the significant seriousness of not telling the truth or providing misleading information during an application process to obtain a licence from the Council.
Where the Council requires a statutory declaration it must be obtained from a practising UK solicitor or Commissioner for Oaths.
The preferred format of the Statutory Declaration can be found in Bassetlaw District Council Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing Policy
The Council may also require additional references from a new applicant in support of any part of the application process.
It is important that references are honest accounts and a professional assessment of the applicant in the context of the role they are applying for. The author of the reference must understand the concerns of the Council in respect of public safety, safeguarding and the prevention of Child Sexual Exploitation.
The reference must demonstrate that the author has full knowledge of the applicant’s/licensees background and criminal history (if applicable) so they can consider their own position prior to supplying a professional reference.
References which are vague, non-specific to the context of the role, supplied by relatives or someone who cannot demonstrate detailed examples of the applicant’s character will not be considered. The author must have known the applicant for a minimum of 2 years.
Fees and costs incurred
Any fees would be payable/additional costs incurred by the applicant in obtaining the information required by the Council are in addition to the standard application fees.
If you have never lived outside the UK or spent a prolonged period outside the UK then you do not need to do this step.
STEP 5 – WRITTEN REFERENCES
All applicants must provide two written professional references. A professional referee is a person who is willing to testify to the character of a person for employment and should not be a relative/family friend to the applicant.
More information can be found in the 'Written Reference Document' to the left of the page
STEP 6 – DBS AND DVLA CHECK
Applicants must provide an Enhanced DBS Disclosure carried out by the Disclosure & Barring Service and a DVLA check. The DVLA check allows us to verify the details and status of your driving licence, plus any endorsement history.
The checks are carried out by our approved partner, Personnel Checks. You can start this process by clicking the button below.
STEP 7 – SAFEGUARDING VULNERABLE PASSENGER TRAINING
All Hackney Carriage and Private Hire drivers must have awareness and understanding of the issues surrounding child sexual exploitation and vulnerable persons.
Therefore, all drivers must attend Safeguarding Vulnerable Passenger Training and pass a short assessment on the content of this training.
The cost of the training and assessment is £17.
If you fail the initial Safeguarding Assessment you can:
- Book to attend a further Safeguarding Vulnerable Passenger Training and re-sit the assessment
- Re-sits cost £17.00 per test
- You can re-sit training and assessment a maximum of 2 times (this means you have sat the test 3 times in total) after which you must wait twelve calendar months from the date of your last re-sit before you can re-apply for your licence and attempt the assessment again
To book a space on the training, please contact Bassetlaw District Council’s Licensing Department on 01909 535 123.
STEP 8 – RIGHT TO DRIVE IN THE UK
The Council must be satisfied that the applicant holds an appropriate driving licence to drive in the UK for vocational purposes i.e. driving for a job.
The EEA states are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Republic of Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.
A valid licence issued on the strength of a driving test within the EEA, will allow the applicant to drive in Great Britain for a set period. Alternatively, the applicant can exchange their licence for a British licence. Provided the applicants licence remains valid the applicant may drive in Great Britain:
Car, motorcycle driving licence holders (ordinary driving licence):
• until aged 70 or for three years after becoming resident, whichever is the longer period
Lorry, minibus, bus driving licence holders (vocational driving licence):
• until aged 45 or for five years after becoming resident, whichever is the longer period • if the applicant/licensee is aged over 45 (but under 65) until your 66th birthday or for five years after becoming resident, whichever is the shorter period • if the applicant/licensee is aged 65 or over for 12 months after becoming resident
In order to continue driving after these periods, the applicant/licensee must obtain a British driving licence.
STEP 9 – RIGHT TO WORK IN THE UK
An applicant must be eligible to live and work in the UK, as a licenced driver or a Hackney Carriage and/or Private Hire Vehicle. An applicant must therefore provide the Council with documentary evidence of this. For further information, relating to this please see Bassetlaw District Council Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing Policy
An application will not be accepted if the applicant/licensee cannot supply the relevant documents.
Licences granted to persons whose leave to remain in the UK is time-limited will only be valid for the period for which they are entitled to work in the UK. To extend the licence period the licensee must produce further evidence to prove a licence holder must prove they have the right to work in the UK.
The Home Office (Immigration Enforcement) may provide the Council with information, or information may be obtained from other sources which causes the licence to be suspended or revoked on the basis that the licensee immigration status has changed.
The holder is required to return the licence to the Council once the licence has expired or been revoked or suspended on immigration grounds failure to return the licence within 7 days is a criminal offence