Apply for the grant/renewal of a licence to operate private hire vehicles
Private hire vehicles and drivers may only be dispatched by a licensed private hire operator. A person can apply for an operator's licence to operate from premises within the borough. Operators are required to keep records of all their bookings in a format determined by the council. This may include paper logs or computer records.
Fares should be agreeable in advance and at the time of booking provided detailed journey information is given. Operators may subcontract bookings to other operators both within and outside the borough of district in which they are licensed. The operator remains contractually responsible for the initial booking. They must ensure that the operator to whom the booking is subcontracted holds all the necessary operator, vehicle and driver licences from the authority in which that operator is located.
Operators are only permitted to dispatch drivers and vehicles licensed by the same local authority as them.
Payment by cheque should be made out to West Berkshire Council. You can also pay by debit card over the phone, by phoning 0330 131 9742, and selecting option two.
Disclosure and Barring Certificate
New applicants must provide a basic or higher Disclosure and Barring Certificate for each named applicants. Apply for a basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to get a copy of your criminal record.
The completed application form and supporting documents must be supplied with the appropriate fee to:
Licensing, Council Offices, Market St, Newbury, RG14 5LD or scanned and emailed to Licensing@westberks.gov.uk.