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Vehicle Requirements for Licensed Taxis

East Herts has imposed a number of conditions in relation to the type of vehicle that it will allow to be licensed as a Hackney Carriage or Private Hire vehicle.

Vehicle requirements

In general for a vehicle to be licensed it must:

  • be capable of carrying at least four and not more than eight passengers.
  • have a minimum engine size of 1600cc or produce a minimum of 89bhp.
  • be less than 5 years of age when first licensed.
  • have a minimum of four opening doors, two on each side of the vehicle with the exception of London style taxis.
  • have a minimum passenger seat width of 16" (41 cms) per passenger.
  • be finished in a manufacturer's standard colour.
  • be maintained to a high standard of appearance both internally and externally to the satisfaction of the Council.

Vehicles that fall outside of the policy will still be considered but please contact the Licensing Team to discuss the matter before purchasing a vehicle.

Full details of the vehicle requirements can be found in the Drivers Handbook.

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

East Herts actively encourages the licensing of fully wheelchair accessible vehicles. As a result when a vehicle of this type is licensed for the first time the vehicle licence will be issued for free, a 50% discount will be applied at renewal for as long as the vehicle is licensed.

Documents required to licence a vehicle

When applying to licence a vehicle certain documents will need to be presented:

  • V5 registration document
  • Valid insurance showing the correct cover
  • MOT certificate
  • Vehicle Condition Certificate (VCC Pass)
  • Meter Calibration Certificate (Hackney Carriage vehicle only)
  • The Road Tax and MOT validity will be checked by Council officers through the national online register

Garages authorised as agents for the Council to issue Vehicle Condition Certificates

With effect from 1 January 2018 the Vehicle condition inspection will include not only the mechanical standards but visual and cosmetic appearance and meter operation in one combined test.

If the vehicle is over 5 years old and being licensed for the first time the Licensing Team will need to see it first before it goes to an approved garage for a VCC inspection.

If licensed vehicles presented for test fail a VCC inspection, the garages are authorised (as agents for the Council) to remove the licensed plate and associated equipment at the conclusion of the inspection. Retests must be carried out by the same garage that originally failed the vehicle although the required works can be carried out elsewhere.

DJ Garage Services Ltd
5 Jest & Ruskin Industrial Estate, Amwell Lane, Stanstead Abbotts, Stanstead St Margarets SG12 8EB
Tel: (01920) 465431/2

Garretts Garage Services
42 Golds Business Park, Elsenham, Nr Bishop's Stortford, CM22 6JX
Tel: (01279) 647777

Hertford Auto Centre
3 Merchant Drive, Hertford, SG13 7BH
Tel: (01992) 535756

Bloomfield Motor Services
Rear of Swift House, River Way, Harlow Essex, CM20 2DW
Tel: (01279) 420224

Orchard Works Garage
Unit 3 Clarklands Ind Est, Parsonage Lane, Sawbridgeworth CM21 0NG
Tel: (01279) 723371

Caxton Hill Motors
Unit 24 Hertford Ind Estate, Caxton Hill, Hertford, SG13 7NF
Tel: (01992) 536809

DM Tyre & MOT Ltd
Unit 18 Dicker Mill
Hertford SG13 7AE
Tel: (01992) 538366

Bridge Works MOT Centre
Hall Green , Little Hallingbury , Bishops Stortford, CM22 7RP
Tel: (01279) 730888

Signs and advertising

The two forward door panels may be used to advertise the taxi company details and the rear door panels can be used for other advertising subject to approval from the Licensing Team. Sun strips and 'All over' advertising on London style taxis will not be approved.


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