Vehicle age policy
From 1 January 2025 all vehicles over the age of 15 years from the date of first DVLA registration will ordinarily be refused a licence unless the vehicle is in exceptional condition and has been approved for use following an Exceptional Condition Vehicle Check (terms to be decided).
From 1 January 2025 all newly licensed vehicles will be required to be a minimum of Euro 6 Diesel or ZEC ULEV.
Ultra-Low Emission cars are those cars that in tests, produce less than 75 grams of CO2 for every 1 Kilometre travelled (75g/km CO2).
ZEC is defined as: Zero Emission Capable (ZEC) vehicles. Emit no more than 75g/km CO2 exhaust emissions and be capable of being operated with no (zero) emissions for a minimum range of 20 miles (32.187 km)
However, having looked at our committee reports from Aug and Nov 2019 when the policy was discussed, ULEVs and ZECs were defined in the August report as the below, which doesn’t quite line up with the above and doesn’t differentiate between the two types:
ZEC ULEV definition – emit up to 50g/km CO2 with a minimum of 30 mile emission range. A ZEC Hackney Carriage MUST be petrol if an internal combustion engine is used.
We license hackney carriage vehicles and private hire vehicles with eight seats or less. We also licence stretched limousines with eight seats or less and tuk-tuks.
If you need to submit a new taxi vehicle licence or renew an existing licence, you can now do this online. You will need to register and login to use this service.
Approved testing stations and fees
Christmas and New Year opening times
Alans Test Centre:
- closed 23 December to 26 December and 30 December 2023 to 1 January 2024
- open 27 December to 29 December 9am to 2pm.
- closed 20 December to 27 December and 30 December 2023 to 1 January 2024
- open 28 December and 29 December.
All vehicles will have to have an inspection carried out by one of the approved testing stations. This is an annual inspection for those vehicles less than 5 years old. If the vehicle is 5 years or older, it will be required to have 2 inspections a year, one every 6 months.
From 7 November 2022, the Council’s approved testing stations will no longer assess the taximeters in hackney carriages for accuracy during first-time and annual inspections. Vehicles will still be road tested during such inspections but the taximeter will not normally be assessed.
All new applications for hackney carriage vehicle licences must, from 7 November 2022, include certification provided by a reputable meter calibration company that quotes the vehicle’s taximeter serial number and confirms it has been correctly calibrated to the Council’s tariffs and sealed.
Alans Test Centre Derby
|27 Shaftesbury Street
Sir Francis Ley Industrial Park South
|01332 363071||Alans Test Centre fees|
Clifmere 2003 Ltd
|01332 345138||Clifmere 2003 testing fees|
R&A Wildgoose T/ A John’s Garage
West Meadows Industrial Estate
|01332 202033||R and A Wildgoose T/ A John’s Garage testing fees|
As well as passing the Driver and Vehicle Standards MOT test, each vehicle must pass our supplementary test. Please download the Supplementary Testing Manual for more details.
Please note, now in force: 6 monthly testing on vehicles 5 years or older
Hackney carriages meet the legal definition of a ‘taxi’ and are allowed to use the city’s bus lanes.
They are purpose-built wheelchair-accessible vehicles and the makes and models permitted to be taxis in Derby are approved by the Council’s Licensing Committee and are listed in the hackney carriage vehicle specifications.
The vehicles must meet certain specifications and conditions and the local byelaws:
Must be pre-booked through a licensed private hire operator before a journey starts.
They do not meet the legal definition of a ‘taxi’, so are not permitted to use bus lanes, taxi ranks or be hailed in the street.
Licences for private hire drivers, private hire vehicles and private hire operators must be all issued by the same licensing authority.
The vehicles must meet certain specifications and conditions:
If your vehicle has been modified since leaving the manufacturer you will require a Voluntary Individual Vehicle Assessment (VIVA) if it hasn’t had one. It will require a normal assessment, not a basic assessment. For more information visit the VIVA website. The certificate you get when an assessment has been completed is an important document and should be kept safe.
Check to see if your vehicle meets the current specifications and licence conditions.
A completed application requires both the application form and supporting documents:
- V5 registration document.
- Bill of sale (receipt).
- Correct insurance certificate for the type of vehicle.
- Meter Calibration certificate (for New Hackney Vehicles only).
If you don't have an official receipt, the seller and the buyer of the vehicle must complete a Bill of Sale Form.
You can submit the application form along with the supporting documents by post or email.
As an existing licence holder you will receive a renewal reminder approximately three months before your licence expires.
You must tell us if you sell or transfer your licensed vehicle. Please complete the Licensed Vehicle Transfer Form.
If you have a new vehicle registration number please check the Licensed Vehicle Change of Registration Number Guidance.
If you are interested in getting a licence to drive a stretched limousine with eight seats or less, or to drive a tuk-tuk please email the Licensing Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Designated list of wheelchair-accessible vehicles for the purposes of Section 165 of the Equality Act 2010. We are required to keep a register of wheelchair accessible vehicles licensed in Derby under section 167 of the Equality Act 2010. Section 165 of the Act requires the drivers of those vehicles to carry passengers in wheelchairs and provide assistance to those passengers, and prohibits them from charging extra. The requirements of section 165 do not apply to drivers who have a valid exemption certificate and are displaying this notice in the prescribed manner.
The next scheduled meetings are listed below. Please note the cut-off date for the receipt of agenda items and statements or supporting information. The meetings will be held at the Council House starting at 10am. Details of the Terms of Reference for the Taxi Licensing Trade Meetings be downloaded.
- Taxi Trade Meeting Agenda January 2019
- Taxi Trade Meeting Agenda October 2018
- Taxi Trade Meeting Agenda August 2018
- Taxi Trade Meeting Agenda June 2018
- Taxi Trade Meeting Agenda March 2018
- Taxi Trade Meeting Agenda December 2017
- Taxi Trade Meeting Minutes December 2020
- Taxi Trade Meeting Minutes January 2019
- Taxi Trade Meeting Minutes October 2018
- Taxi Trade Meeting Minutes August 2018
- Taxi Trade Meeting Minutes June 2018
- Taxi Trade Meeting Minutes March 2018
- Taxi Trade Meeting Minutes December 2017