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Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Information and Registers

Hackney Carriages (Taxis) -

  • can be flagged down in the street or hired at a taxi rank
  • fares are determined by rates which are programmed unto the meter
  • can be booked through an operator and you will have to pay a booking fee and the metered fare.
  • have a livery which requires vehicles to be black with a 'taxi' roof sign and door signs bearing the Borough's coat of arms.  The plate on the rear of the vehicle is white with black lettering
  • remain licensed until the licence expires
  • are licensed under the Town Police Clauses Act 1847

Private Hire Vehicles

  • must be booked in advance
  • cannot be flagged down in the street
  • cannot be hired from a rank
  • remain private hire vehicles even when used for domestic use so must always be driven by a licensed private hire driver
  • are licensed under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976
  • have a yellow plate with black lettering on the rear of the vehicle and door signs showing the name of the operator for whom the driver is working
  • The Council does not set fares and you should agree the fare with the private hire vehicle operator before starting the journey

Public Registers
The Council maintains registers of both its licensed drivers and hackney carriage vehicles. 

Taxi Drivers Register

Hackney Carriage Vehicles Register

Taxi Operators Register

Hackney Carriage Plates
The number of hackney carriage vehicles in Colchester is regulated and the Council commissions an unmet demand survey to ensure that the number of licensed taxis is sufficient to meet the demand.  The last survey confirmed that there was no unmet demand and therefore the Council does not accept or process any applications made or received for new or additional hackney carriage vehicles. Should a new Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence become available applications will be considered on a first come first served basis.  If you would like to be notified when a licence becomes available please email stating your full contact details. You will then be contacted at the time with full details of the process.