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Bury Council is part of a new initiative to help strengthen hackney carriage/ private hire vehicle (PHV) licensing for the benefit of both passengers and responsible hackney carriage and PHV drivers.

The Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Safeguarding and Road Safety) Act 2022 has established a National Register to be used by licensing authorities for the recording of and searching for refusals, revocations and suspensions of taxi and PHV driver licences’. The NR3S National Register is hosted by the NAFN Data and Intelligence Services.

The purpose of the NR3S Register is to provide a mechanism for licensing authorities to share details of individuals who have had a hackney carriage or PHV licence suspended, revoked or an application for one refused. The intention of this is to prevent drivers who have had a Hackney carriage or private hire licence revoked or an application for one refused, going to another authority to dishonestly secure a licence by failing to disclose their previous licensing history.

Instances of drivers doing this in the past have undermined public confidence in the hackney carriage and private hire trade and licensing authorities. The development of NR3S has been welcomed by all sections of the taxi trade, safety groups and charities, the Department for Transport and by licensing authorities.

From 27 April 2023, this authority will begin using the NR3S. This means that from that point:

  • Applications for new Hackney carriage/private hire licences and for renewals will be checked on the NR3S
  • Where an existing licence is revoked or suspended or an application for renewal or a new licence is refused, this will be recorded on NR3S

This authority and other licensing authorities will also be adding historic information on refusals, revocations and suspensions of licenses’ to the Register. Historic data will not be added if 11 years have elapsed since the date of the decision.

The information recorded on NR3S is limited to:

  • Name of licence holder
  • National Insurance Number
  • Date of birth
  • Driving licence number
  • Taxi licence type
  • Address and contact details
  • Decision taken on refusal, revocation or suspension but not the reason for it
  • Date of decision

Where an applicant’s details are flagged on NR3S during a search, this will be followed up separately between the licensing authorities. Any such request in relation to your record will be responded to in accordance with the authority’s published policy.

All data processing and sharing undertaken by this authority on the NR3S Register and with individual authorities in regard to entries on the register will be undertaken in accordance with the Data Protection Act (DPA) and the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). The legal basis for processing this information is that it is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the licensing authority. The purpose is to assess whether an individual is a fit and proper person to hold a hackney carriage or PHV licence.

It is not intended that any NR3S data will be transferred out of the United Kingdom.

You have various rights in relation to your data:

  • The right to request access to your data
  • The right to rectification or erasure of your data
  • The right to restrict processing of your data
  • The right to object to the processing of your data for this purpose
  • The authority will consider any such requests and respond within one month

If you wish to raise any issue related to the data protection legislation, including relying on any of the rights afforded to data subjects under the GDPR, you can do so by contacting the authority’s Data Protection Officer at
This includes submitting a subject access request.

You always have the right to make a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office.

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