Private Hire Vehicle Licence
A Private Hire Vehicle must be pre-booked with a licensed
Private Hire Operator and cannot stand on a rank or ply for
hire. Fares are not regulated and should be agreed at the
time of booking. Vehicles must also:
- display yellow plates on the front and rear of the vehicle
giving details of the operator and licence number.
- be driven by a Cheshire East licensed driver at all times,
whether or not the vehicle is working.
Please note that a vehicle licence is issued to the vehicle and
cannot be transferred from one vehicle to another.
Your application should be made at our Customer Services Centre
at The Town Hall, Market Square, Macclesfield
- Private Hire Vehicle - £301 annual fee
- Transfer of licensed vehicle from one person to another - One
off fee of £25.63
Vehicle testing fees
- Private Hire vehicle - £78
- Private Hire Operators Licence - £347 (5 years)
Application Evaluation Process - Vehicle Testing
Where ever you decide to make your application then you must
have your vehicle tested at either Macclesfield or Crewe, the test
includes MOT Exemption.
- Cheshire East Council Depot, Pyms Lane, Crewe, Cheshire. CW1
- Macclesfield MOT Testing Station, Unit 6, Pool Street,
Macclesfield, SK11 7NX
If you have a current Private Hire or Hackney Carriage vehicle
licence from Cheshire East Borough Council, your vehicle may
be exempt from an MoT. This will apply to all vehicles
licensed and tested by either the Macclesfield MOT Testing
Station or those tested at Pyms Lane depot Crewe. To enable
you to tax your vehicle at the Post Office without the MoT
certificate you need to complete a V112 Declaration of exemption
MoT testing form. Please note that you cannot tax your vehicle
You must carry your vehicle licence with you in the vehicle that
it relates to as proof of MOT.
Vehicles that need to be licensed but don't need to display
To apply for exemption on your Private Hire vehicle you must use
the same Private Hire vehicle application form but tick where
applicable to say that you are applying for exemption, you will be
required to produce a business case which must be submitted along
with the application form.
Vehicles Exempt from Licensing
Vehicles used solely for weddings and funerals remain exempt
from licensing. Any vehicle proprietor or operator who is in any
doubt about whether vehicles need to be licensed should discuss
this with the licensing service and, if necessary, seek independent
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, 106KB). 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 Private
Hire 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.