A private hire vehicle licensed by East Riding of Yorkshire Council can only work for a private hire operator also licensed by East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
A private hire vehicle licence will not be issued unless it is confirmed which private hire operator, it will work for.
Your vehicle will need to meet the vehicle specification, detailed in the below taxi and private hire services policy.
Please note: private hire vehicles cannot be white in colour.
Taxi and Private Hire services policy 2019-2022 (pdf 1.39mb)
Equality Act 2010
Section 165 of the Equality Act 2010 has been adopted in the East Riding of Yorkshire, meaning all wheelchair accessible licensed vehicles, deemed capable of carrying a reference sized wheelchair (120 x 70 cm, with a maximum combined weight of 300kg) will be published in accordance with section 167 of the Equality Act 2010.
All drivers of these vehicles are therefore required to carry-out the full duties under the Equality Act 2010 as follows:
- Carry passengers whilst in the wheelchair
- Make no additional charge for doing so
- If a person chooses to sit in a chair, carry the wheelchair
- Take such steps as reasonably necessary to ensure the passenger is carried safely and with reasonable comfort
- Give passengers such assistance as reasonably required.
Section 166 of the Act makes provision for licensing authorities to issue exemptions to drivers where they are satisfied it is appropriate to do so:
- on medical grounds; or
- on the grounds that the person’s physical conditions make it impossible or unreasonably difficult for the person to comply with those duties.
A driver will only be exempt therefore if an exemption certificate has been issued and notice of exemption issued by the council is exhibited on the vehicle in the prescribed manner.
You can view the List of accessible vehicles under section 167 of the Equality Act 2010.
Making an application
Apply for a private hire vehicle licence
To licence a vehicle as a private hire vehicle it will need to meet the requirements of the private hire vehicle specification.
You can book your vehicle in to be tested at one of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council's vehicle depots. Unless your vehicle is less than 6 months old, no compliance certificate is required for a vehicle under 6 months old.
You will then need to submit your completed application form and fee of £220 (including the plate and stickers) for a standard private hire vehicle and £260 for an executive private hire vehicle.
All supporting documents must also be sent to the Licensing Team for consideration without such documents your application cannot proceed, the application will be turned around within 7 days at which point an officer will contact you to book a plate appointment.
The supporting documents must include:
a valid certificate of fully comprehensive motor insurance (stating for hire and reward), naming all drivers
a valid certificate of compliance (if applicable) for vehicles 6 months old or older
proof of vehicle ownership
£10 to attach your vehicle to the private hire operators licence (if applicable).
A basic criminal disclosure certificate. The DBS check must be no older than eight weeks at the point of application, You can apply for a basic criminal record check online at: GOV.UK - Request copy criminal record (external website)
or, if you are an existing licensed driver with the ERYC, you can consent to your DBS online subscription being checked in place of a criminal record check.
Consent form for existing licensed drivers for use of DBS subscription (pdf 115kb)
Plate appointments are made available between 10am - 12 noon or 2pm - 4pm Wednesday-Friday, at:
Beverley Customer Service Centre
Please note: you will need to bring your Private hire/Hackney Carriage driver's licence to your appointment.
A tacit consent does not apply to a private hire vehicle application, meaning that your application will not be automatically granted after a specified period of time. Each application must be considered on its own merit in order to ensure the vehicle meets all safety requirements.