Garage Testing Facilities June 2019 to May 2022

We require all vehicles to be tested at an approved garage before a licence is granted.

In order to do this we periodically seek formal tenders for garages to conduct the tests on our behalf.

Our procurement team has recently conducted such a tender to appoint one or more garages to undertake testing of vehicles up until May 2022.

On this occasion we received one tender from our existing garage (Adams Autos) and are therefore happy to offer a new contract.

View the amended list of charges for testing.

Changes in London - emission zones

From 8 April 2019 the new Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will come into effect. Further information on how this may affect you can be found on Transport for London's website.

Vehicle licensing

New procedure for testing and plating vehicles

A new system for the testing and issuing of vehicle plates and licences came into force on 19 November 2018.

From this date all new and existing licences are required to contact our approved garage directly to book the vehicle for a test before an application can be made.

Garage details: Adams Autos (6 Venture Court, Edison Road, St Ives, PE27 3JX) - 01480 494621 or book online

In line with MOT standards, you are permitted to take your vehicle to be tested up to one calendar month before the expiry of your plate without losing any remaining period on your vehicle licence.

Once the vehicle has passed the test and been issued with a Certificate of Compliance (CoC), the garage will submit your application and test documents electronically to the Licensing Team for verification.

Important Note: vehicles that do not pass the CoC test before the expiry of the existing licence will be treated as a new application and must meet all the requirements of the Taxi Licensing Policy and Conditions.

What you need to take with you when attending the vehicle test:

  • the completed application form (please note that the operator details should be completed and signed by the operator)
  • registration document (log book/V5 document) or S10 of the V5 document
  • insurance certificate with appropriate level of cover for use as a licensed vehicle
  • the most recent Certificate of Compliance, if applicable
  • a valid Huntingdonshire private hire/hackney carriage drivers badge.

Failure to take the correct documents (originals only) will result in the test being void and all fees will be forfeited.

Once we have approved the documents, a plate will be ready for collection and payment in three working days at Pathfinder House, Huntingdon.

When collecting your new plate you must return the expired plate (renewals only).

For further information please go to our frequently asked questions on plating vehicles.

You may also wish to view the flowchart for vehicle applications.

Driver licensing

From 1 December 2018 we started a transition from issuing 1 year licences to 3 year licences.

Currently DBS checks are done on a 3 year basis - when your driver licence comes due for renewal we will offer a pro rata licence to bring your driver renewal and your DBS renewal dates into line for the future.

Appointments to submit and have your application checked can be made on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9.30am-12pm and 2pm-3.30pm.

Alternatively there is a first come first served drop-in session on Wednesdays between 9.30am-12pm.

This will mean that we will no longer be able to accept applications via email or through the post. All renewal applicants will need to make an appointment to visit our offices to submit an application and organise the pro rata licence.

For further details please read our frequently asked questions.

You may also wish to view the flowchart on driver renewals.

Licensing Committee approves new Taxi Licensing Policy and Conditions

On 17 October the Licensing and Protection Committee approved new Taxi Licensing Policy and Licensing Conditions that came into effect on 1 January 2019.

We strongly recommended that all existing and prospective applicants read the documents to see how it will affect you in the future.

View the Taxi licensing policy and conditions

New Taxi Licensing Policy

The key changes are:

  • introduction of a knowledge/competency test for all new applicants
  • mandatory safeguarding training for all new and existing drivers
  • introduction of a maximum 5 year age policy when a vehicle is licensed for the first time
  • more stringent convictions policy
  • introduction of door signage on all vehicles
  • requirement for operators to have a complaints policy
  • changes to medical examination frequencies
  • requirement for all drivers and operators to sign up to the DBS update service as part of the renewal application.

Drivers

  • introduction of a knowledge/competency test for all new applicants
  • safeguarding training to be introduced for all new and existing drivers
  • new relevance of convictions policy
  • all drivers to sign up for the DBS update service at next renewal
  • introduction of medical checks every 6 years (in line with licence renewal)
  • driver code of conduct.

Vehicles

  • introduction of a 5 year maximum age of all vehicles at first grant of a licence
  • introduction of mandatory door signage
  • guidance on use of CCTV in vehicles
  • changes to rules around replacement vehicles
  • clear guidance on vehicle standards and maintenance
  • removal of conditions restricting advertising of mobile numbers
  • clear guidelines on specifications for wheelchair accessible vehicles.

Operators 

  • requirement to develop a complaints policy
  • removal of conditions restricting use of mobile phones
  • removal of requirement to have a land line telephone number
  • clarity on where an office or satellite office can be based.

This is not an exhaustive list and the policy and conditions should be read if you are, or intend to be, licensed by Huntingdonshire District Council for any purpose relating to taxi or private hire licensing.

New fees and charges

Approval was given at the Licensing and Protection Committee On 17 October 2018 to review all fees relating to taxi licencing and to introduce fees for 3 year driver and 5 year operator fees.

View the Taxi Licensing Fees