On 20 July, 2021, Chichester District Council approved a new hackney carriage and private hire policy for the Chichester district. This was after an extensive consultation in early 2021. This new policy replaces our previous policy. The previous policy had been in existence since 2012.

The objective of the new policy is to promote public safety. 

The policy incorporates:

The policy has now come into immediate effect and has been adopted for a period of 5 years. It will be kept under review during this period and revised if necessary. 

Hackney carriage and private hire policy 2021

The following are some of the key changes to driver's, vehicle and operator's licences:

Driver's licence

  • Licence Holders are required to have an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record check completed at a minimum of every 6 months. Previously this was 3-yearly.
  • Licence Holders are required to subscribe to and maintain such subscription with the DBS Update Service.
  • Applicants and renewing licence holders are required to undertake Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation (CSAE) classroom-based training with an approved provider, together with subsequent refresher courses.
  • New applicants will be required to prove their command of the English language through an oral extension to the current knowledge test.
  • There is alignment with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's (DVLA) requirements in respect of the ages and frequency of medical examinations (D4) for all licence holders. Now 5 yearly but more frequently at GP`s discretion, and yearly from age 65.

Vehicle licence

  • An increase from 3 to 5 working days in the permitted time between an MOT and a council fitness test. This to ease workload 'bottlenecks' at Chichester Contract Services (CCS).
  • Brand new vehicles to be the subject of a council fitness test conducted by CCS to ensure full compliance with all licensing requirements.
  • Due to the potential for extremely high mileages travelled by licensed vehicles, the requirement to pass 6-monthly MOT and council fitness tests has changed from 3 years of age rather than 5.
  • Both applicants and renewing licence holders are required to provide a basic DBS certificate no more than 3 months old if not already providing an enhanced DBS certificate as a licensed driver.
  • New application vehicles (irrespective of whether or not previously licensed) must comply with the current or immediately preceding euro emissions standard (or any subsequent standard replacing it), and will only be licensed up to a maximum of 10 years from date of first registration. Existing licensed vehicles will benefit from a 5 year transitional period to allow licence holders to plan for replacement. Fully electric vehicles will be exempt from the 10 year age policy.
  • New safety requirements are introduced in respect of all licensed vehicles e.g. private hire vehicles are brought in line with hackney carriage requirements by increasing the minimum tread depth for tyres from 1.6mm to 2.0mm across the full tread width; all glazing must be clear; a prohibition on the use of trailers, roof boxes, and roof bars without the express and current consent of this licensing authority.

Operator's licence

  • Applicants and renewing licence holders are required to provide a basic DBS certificate no more than 3 months old if not already providing an enhanced DBS certificate in relation to being a licensed driver: For operators which are limited companies or partnerships, such certification must be provided for every director or partner of the company or partnership.
  • Licence holders are required to evidence that basic DBS criminal record checks have been conducted on booking & dispatch staff, and maintain a record of such checks for inspection by this licensing authority.