Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence
What is a hackney carriage vehicle?
- A hackney carriage can park on an authorised taxi rank
- It can be booked for hire or be hailed by prospective
passengers within the boundaries of Cheshire East Council
- It will display white plates on the front and rear of the
- It must be driven by a Cheshire East Council licensed driver at
all times, whether or not the vehicle is working
- It must have a fare meter (fares are set by the council)
- Cheshire East is zoned. The zones correspond to the areas of
the three former authorities.
What is the effect of zoning?
The effect of zoning is to continue the licensing arrangements
for hackney carriages which the three former authorities had in
place before Cheshire East came into being on 1st
April 2009 including existing tariffs and byelaws. This
also includes some vehicle conditions.
It means that a hackney carriage licensed in one of the zones is
not allowed by law to ply for hire, including standing on ranks, in
either of the other zones.
Will zoning affect private hire vehicles and operators?
No. All private hire licences granted or renewed on or after
1st April 2009 will be subject to conditions common
across the whole of the Cheshire East
Guidance for a hackney carriage vehicle licence
What you need
You can send your application to Licensing, Cheshire East
Council, Town Hall, Macclesfield SK10 1DX or hand in your completed
application in person at one of our Customer
Service Centres. Please make cheques payable to
‘Cheshire East Council’
Application evaluation process-vehicle testing
Wherever you decide to make your application your vehicle must
be tested at the relevant test centre which will be either:
- Cheshire East Council Depot, Pyms Lane, Crewe, Cheshire. CW1
Testing Station, Unit 6 Pool Street, Macclesfield, SK11 7NX
When your vehicle has met the test criteria, the licence granted
will exempt the vehicle from requiring a standard
. You can tax your vehicle at the
Post Office by completing a V112 Declaration of exemption form, you
must do this in person.
You must carry your vehicle licence with you in the vehicle that
it relates to as proof of
- Hackney carriage vehicle - £301 annual fee
- Transfer of licensed vehicle from one person to another - one
off fee of £25.63
- Hackney carriage vehicle test £78
Congleton – zone 1 (blue triangle)
Crewe & Nantwich – zone 2 (red triangle)
Macclesfield – zone 3 (gold triangle)
Vehicle licence plate transfer or cancellation
Should you wish to transfer a vehicle licence to another person,
you must complete the Vehicle Licence Plate
Transfer/Cancellation form (MS Word, 109KB).
The completed form should be given to the person you wish to
transfer the vehicle licence to, with a copy to Cheshire East
Council Licensing Department for information.
The person who the vehicle licence is being transferred to must
complete a Hackney Carriage Vehicle application form and include
with it the Vehicle Licence Plate Transfer/Cancellation form,
completed by the person who is transferring the licence, a valid
certificate of insurance and the V5 document or a document as proof
of sale of the vehicle and the fee of £25.63.
The Vehicle Licence Plate Transfer/Cancellation form may also be
completed if the Vehicle Licence is to be surrendered.
The surrender of Vehicle Licence Plates is free of charge.