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New Vehicle Licence

Before applying for a new vehicle licence you should read the Taxi and private hire information for new applicants and the Common Licensing Standards for Taxi and Private Hire Licensing in Gloucestershire and Stroud's Taxi and Private Hire Policies before submitting your application.

 

Vehicle Age Criteria

A new application for a taxi or private hire vehicle licence will be refused if a vehicle is more than 5 years old from date of first registration. Licensing Officers have the discretion to licence a vehicle that does not meet the above age policy in the case of elite vehicles such as BMW, Mercedes, Rolls Royce or similar provided the vehicle is in excellent condition. Wheelchair accessible vehicles are exempt from the above age policy.

 

Apply for a new vehicle licence

To apply for a new vehicle licence you will need to send the following to licensing@stroud.gov.uk;

  • Application form
  • A valid Certificate of Insurance
  • MOT Certificate (if more than 1 year old)
  • V5 Registration Certificate
  • Meter Certificate
  • Council Test (from an authorised garage)
  • Fee - you can find a list of fees here
  • You will also need to send us some photos of the interior and exterior of the vehicle. Please note that you may also be required to bring the vehicle to Ebley Mill for a member of the Licensing Team to inspect.

     

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

Licensed vehicles that are able to carry at least one wheelchair with the passenger remaining seated in that wheelchair, should the passenger wish to, will be 'designated' under Section 167 of the Equality Act 2010. Drivers of these vehicles, unless they hold a valid Medical Exemption, must ensure that they comply with the following duties:

• To carry the passenger whilst in the wheelchair,

• Not to make any additional charge for doing so,

• If the person chooses to sit in a passenger seat, to carry the wheelchair,

• To take such steps as are reasonably necessary to ensure the passenger is carried in safety and reasonable comfort; and

• To give the passenger such mobility assistance as is reasonably required.

 

A driver of a ‘designated’ vehicle commits an offence if they fail to comply with the above duties. If a driver is prosecuted for this offence they could be subject to a fine not exceeding £1,000.

 

A driver can apply for a Medical Exemption Certificate if they are unable to comply with the above duties for medical reasons or because their physical condition makes it impossible to comply. If you wish to apply for a Medical Exemption Certificate you will need to contact the Licensing Section.

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