Taxi & Private Hire Licences

Hackney Carriage & Private Hire licensing

Welcome to the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire section of East Cambridgeshire District Council.

The Licensing Authority of East Cambridgeshire District Council is responsible for licensing persons who wish to work in the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire trade within the Council's district boundary, although once licensed bookings may be accepted from outside of the district boundary.

The primary purpose of the legislation that controls the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire trade is to protect members of the general public from using unsafe vehicles driven by unsuitable persons.

In order to accomplish this the Council issues driver licences, vehicle licences, and Private Hire Operator licences.

For more information on how to apply for a licence click on the links below:

Immigration Act 2016

The Immigration Act 2016 places a duty on the Council to ensure that no person obtains a Hackney Carriage or Private Hire driver and operator licence if they do not have a legal right to work in the UK. Upon first application (and upon first renewal after 1st December 2016 for existing licence holders) applicants will be required to prove their right to work in the UK by supplying one of the official documents listed in the document below. The applicant must be present when the document is supplied, it is not possible for the document to be presented by another person. A copy of the document will be retained in order at the instruction of the Home Office.

Also, please note, if you provide a document from list B you will be required to produce proof of right to work upon all future renewal dates.

Hackney Carriage & Private Hire policy

The Council has also produced a Hackney Carriage and Private Hire guide to offer assistance to anyone involved in operating and driving Hackney Carriage and Private Hire vehicles.  This guide sets out as simply as possible the necessary procedures for obtaining a licence. Potential applicants are strongly advised to read this guide before completing any application forms. The guide can be found by clicking the link below:

Taxi & Private Hire Guide - November 2016

Hackney Carriage & Private Hire fees

Fees for Hackney Carriage and Private Hire licensing

Public Consultation - Market Street Taxi Rank

Notice is hereby given that East Cambridgeshire District Council has obtained consent from Cambridgeshire County Council to extend the existing Market Street taxi rank in Ely forwards to the junction of High Street Back. This proposal (if granted) will remove the existing 30 minute parking bay currently situated in this location. The images below show the impact on the street scene should the proposal be granted.  


Any comments regarding this proposal should be sent in writing to the Senior Licensing Officer, East Cambridgeshire District Council, The Grange, Ely, CB7 4EE, or by email to licensing@eastcambs.gov.uk by Thursday 2nd March 2017. Comments received after this date will not be accepted.

Any comments received during the consultation period will be considered by the Licensing Committee on Monday 20 March 2017.