Isle of Wight Council

Licensing Taxis


Hackney Carriage (Taxi) and Private Hire Drivers

The Isle of Wight Council is responsible for licensing hackney carriages (taxis) and private hire vehicles drivers to ensure they are fit and proper and meet statutory requirements ensuring they operate safely. Anyone who acts as driver of any licensed hackney carriage or private hire vehicle (even when not carrying passengers) must hold a hackney carriage/private hire driver's licence. Any person may apply for a hackney carriage driver's licence.

The council must not grant such a licence:       

  • Unless it is satisfied the applicant is a 'fit and proper person' to hold a driver's licence.
  • To any person that has not held a full licence to drive a motor car for at least 12 months at the time of application.

In order to decide whether a licence should be granted or whether conditions should be attached to a licence (if granted), the council requires applicants to submit information we consider reasonably necessary.

The term 'fit and proper person' is a test of the applicant’s suitability to hold a hackney carriage/private hire driver's licence. To assess whether an individual is a 'fit and proper person' the council will consider medical fitness, knowledge of the local area and criminal record history. The council’s policy on the relevance of convictions may be taken into consideration.

View the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Driver's Licence Conditions document.

Application Process

View our detailed pages to find information on the application process for a Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Driver Licence.


A fee must be paid at the time an application is made. The fees covers the cost of administration, and enforcement activity, to view the fees. The fee is not refundable in the case of an unsuccessful application.

Public Register

View the public register of existing licences/consents/permits/registrations.

Further information

Best Practice Guidance has been issued by the Department for Transport.

The main legislation which governs the licensing of hackney carriage and private hire is the Town Police Clauses Act 1847 and the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 Part 2.