Taxi Licensing

If you want to carry passengers for hire and reward – the reward could be money or not – using a vehicle with eight passenger seats or fewer, you will need a licence. For example, a hotel offering a pick-up or drop-off service will need a licence, even if the passengers don’t pay a fee.

There are two main types of vehicle that we can license for public hire:

  • Private Hire – with this licence, you can only work from private hire operators base
  • Hackney Carriage – with this licence you can work from the town’s taxi ranks and be hailed on the street. Hackney carriages can also work through a private hire operator

For private hire or hackney carriage work, both the driver and vehicle must be licensed.  A driver of the vehicle may also need an operator’s licence if they are taking private hire bookings directly.

Report an accident involving a taxi

This online form can be submitted by or on behalf of the driver of the vehicle or any other affected party.

Complain about a taxi

Use this online form to complain about a taxi driver, a taxi vehicle or a taxi operator.

Access to public computers in Cheshire East

There are public access computers in most libraries in Cheshire East and the Crewe and Macclesfield Customer Service Centres

Contact us

0300 123 5015

Cheshire East Council
Municipal Buildings
Earle Street


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