Private Hire and Hackney Carriage

Private Hire and Hackney Carriage in Eastleigh

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As agreed at the Administration Committee on 10 February 2014 

New vehicles to be licensed.

From 1st October 2014 any new vehicles presented to licensing shall be no more than 7 years old from the date of first registration (taken from the V5)


Renewals Renewals will follow this time scale

From 1st October 2014 no vehicle over the age of 15 years be licensed

From 1st October 2015 no vehicle over the age of 14 years  be licensed

From 1st October 2016 no vehicle over the age of 13 years be licensed

From 1st October 2017 no vehicle over the age of 12 years be licensed.


As long as the vehicle is under 12 years old when you renew  your vehicle licence it can be re-licensed.  For example if the vehicle  is 11 years, 4 months old it can be re-licenced for one year as normal.  When you come to re-licence when the vehicle is 12 years, 4 months you cannot re-licence the vehicle.


If you have any queries, please contact the licensing team on 02380 688349/02380 688109


Each Local Authority licenses its own taxis and private hire vehicles. Therefore you will need to contact the local authority where you want to work for information regarding the application process. Please note that Eastleigh Borough Council only deals with applications to work in the borough and not in its surrounding authorities.


Contact us The Licensing Department, Eastleigh Borough Council, Eastleigh House, Upper Market Street, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 9YN Telephone 023 8068 3365/8179  Fax 023 8062 9277 Email :


Hackney Carriages and Private Hire Vehicles Hackney Carriages are vehicles which may be hailed in the street or may be hired at the taxi ranks, either at the town centre rank in Upper Market Street, or Eastleigh or Parkway railway stations. The vehicles, together with the drivers, must be licensed by the Council.


The number of Hackney Carriages licensed by the Council is currently 109. Private Hire Vehicles are booked in advance by telephone or other means and operated from a base instead of a rank or plying for hire. There is no limit upon the number of Private Hire Vehicles that may be licensed and as at August 2009 approximately 440 vehicles were licensed by the Council.


Vehicle, driver and operator licences are annual licences. Extensive conditions apply to all licences. All Driver licences are subject to Criminal Records Bureau and DVLA checks to assist the Council in assessing whether or not an applicant is a fit and proper person before they are licensed and must pass a stringent medical check .The applicant must provide 2 referees for references and must also sit and pass a written "Local Knowledge" test to ensure they are familiar with the geography of the Borough and the licensing conditions. After this and other checks have been carried out, the successful drivers may be licensed. At the first application, vehicles are required to obtain a certificate of compliance from the Council's Hedge End Depot.


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