Private hire vehicle licence

Important information about your application

Before you complete an application form, you must read Bury Council's pdf icon Guide to the Testing of Private Hire Vehicles [51kb] which contains important information on the vehicle category (M1) and specification of vehicles that can have a licence.

The application must be accompanied by a Registration Document (DVLA Form V5) showing the licence applicant as the Registered Keeper.

If you have forwarded the V5 to the DVLA to have the registration details changed and are not in possession of the V5/2 'New keepers supplement' (Green tear-off section) containing your details together with a bill of sale, we cannot process your application until you have received the registration document back from the DVLA.

An acceptable bill of sale is either:

  1. a receipt on headed paper from an actual garage or handwritten receipt with a garage stamp; or
  2. a bill of sale from the old owner when bought privately. The bill should include the name, address, phone number and signature of both himself and the new owner along with the New Keepers Supplement from the Registration Document.

You must be aware of the relevant provisions of the Bylaws made under the Town Police clauses Act 1847 and the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provision) Act 1976.

Only you (the applicant) can pick up the vehicle plates after the vehicle has passed the MOT.

You (or someone on your behalf) can pick up the vehicle plates the next working day after the vehicle has passed the MOT. The plates can be picked up between the hours of 9.30am and 10.30am and 3pm and 4pm. You must bring the following documents with you:

  • interim test date sheet;
  • pass certificate; and
  • an original valid certificate of insurance. (Faxed or photocopied insurance certificates will not be accepted.)

How to apply for a private hire vehicle licence

Complete and submit the private hire vehicle licence application form

Next, print and sign the form

Once you have submitted the form, print and sign it.

Now, make an appointment

You will need to contact Bury Licensing Service to make an appointment to complete your application.

Please make sure you take all the required documents together with the licence fee to your appointment. Please note: We only accept payments by debit or credit card.

Conditions and information for owners of private hire vehicles

1. Identification plates, identification cards and test certificates

When we issue your identification plates, you must fix them to the front and back of the vehicles.
You must make sure your identification plates can be seen at all times.
Your identification plates must be fixed to the vehicle securely. However, you must be able to remove them if we or the police ask you to do so.
You must keep your interim test certificate inside your windscreen wallet so it can be seen from the outside of the vehicle. You should also put your driver identification card inside the windscreen wallet so that people who are in your vehicle can clearly see your photograph and ID number.

2. Testing

We will test your vehicle up to three times a year. Please remember that, by law, we can insist on a test at any time. pdf icon Download our guidelines for testing vehicles for a private hire vehicle licence [51kb]

3. Condition of the vehicle

  • You must make sure that the vehicle is kept is good condition.
  • We can inspect and test the vehicle at any time to make sure it reaches our standards.
  • You must keep the inside and outside of the vehicle clean and safe.
  • You must not alter the private hire vehicle in any way without first checking with us.
  • Seats must be properly covered and upholstered;
  • Floors must be covered with mats, carpets and other coverings which are clean and in good condition; and
  • Any damage to upholstery or carpets must be professionally repaired.

4. Fire extinguisher

You must carry a fire extinguisher which must be fixed so that you can reach it while you are driving. The fire extinguisher must contain foam or powder. It must be at least 0.9kg and made to British Standards 5423. (We may change the type of extinguisher we ask you to use - we will tell you about this.)

5. Damage to vehicles

You must tell us if you have an accident or damage your vehicle in any way which affects its:

  • safety;
  • performance; or
  • appearance.

You must do this within 72 hours of the accident. If we think the damage is serious, we will tell you not to use the vehicle until it has been repaired and we have checked this.

6. Signs

Vehicles must display the following signs.

  • The name of the operator's firm on the front windscreen at the top left-hand side.
  • The name of the operator's firm at the bottom of the back windscreen.
  • The name, phone number and logo of the operator's firm on the two front-door panels.

All signs, including phone numbers and logos, must be between 4cm and 7cm high. You must not display a sign or note saying:

  • taxi;
  • cab; or
  • for hire.

You must check with our Licensing Officer before you use any new signs.

7. Council notices

You must display any notices we ask you to display. We will tell you where you must display these notices.

8. Passengers

The driver must not allow the private hire vehicle to carry more than the maximum number of passengers shown on the licence, regardless of the age of the passengers.

9. Taximeters

If the vehicle is fitted with a taximeters, we must approve it, and it must:

  • be fitted in line with our instructions;
  • be in working order at all times;
  • show one tariff rate only;
  • not be switched on until the passenger has got into the vehicle;
  • not be tampered with; and
  • not be changed without our permission.

You must not alter the tariff without telling us first.

10. Driver vehicle licences

You must keep the private hire vehicle licences of all the drivers of the vehicle. You must show these to an authorised officer if they ask you to. You must also give a copy of the licences to the operator.

11. Two-way radios

You must make sure that any radio equipment in the vehicle is kept safe and is properly maintained.

12. Convictions and cautions

If you are formally cautioned for an offence or convicted of an offence you must tell us straight away by phoning us on 0161 253 5208, or within seven days in writing to: The Licensing Officer, 3 Knowsley Place, Duke Street, Bury, BL9 0EJ.

13. Insurance

You must have private hire insurance to cover all drivers of the vehicle. The insurance policy must be:

  • in force;
  • issued by an approved company; and
  • in line with the 1971 Road Traffic Act.

14. Cheques

If you pay for a licence by cheque and the cheque bounces, the licence will not be valid.

15. Hiring the vehicle

A private hire vehicle must only be used for bookings which have been made beforehand. You must not:

  • pick up any person who has not booked beforehand;
  • book the vehicle for any passengers;
  • act in a way which makes people believe that they can hire the vehicle without booking beforehand;
  • offer any vehicle for hire to people who have not booked; or
  • get someone else to look for business for you.

Contact for Bury Licensing Service