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Taxi licensing

Cheshire West and Chester Council currently licences two different categories of vehicle for transportation. They are:

But what is the difference? Below you will find a brief summary of the two categories, if you would like to know more you can use the link below to either of the categories.

Hackney carriages

Cheshire West and Chester Council has three hackney carriage zones originally covered by Chester, Ellesmere Port and Vale Royal Councils. This means that hackney carriage byelaws for each zone are different. A hackney carriage vehicle can only operate in the zone for which it is licensed.

The knowledge test

On 19 July 2012, Cheshire West and Chester Council's Licensing Committee formally approved the adoption of a topographical knowledge test for new hackney carriage drivers. Any new applicant wishing to drive a hackney carriage must first pass a knowledge test for the zone in which they wish to drive. The fee for undertaking the test is £40.

Chester (blue) zone

The Chester zone (denoted by a blue triangle on the hackney carriage licence plate) is restricted to black hackney carriage vehicles and only allows models previously approved by the Council's licensing committee to be used.

There is no limit to how many people may apply for a hackney carriage driver's or vehicle licence; however vehicle licences may only be issued for a brand new vehicle. Information on the types of vehicles that can be licensed as hackney carriages in the Chester zone can be downloaded below:

Ellesmere Port (red) zone

Ellesmere Port zone hackney carriage vehicles (denoted by a red triangle on the hackney carriage licence plate) are not restricted in colour, but as with all zones only certain models may be used.

There is a limit to how many people may apply for a Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence. Information on the types of vehicles that can be licensed as hackney carriages in the Ellesmere Port zone can be downloaded below:

Vale Royal (green) zone

The Vale Royal zone (denoted by a green triangle on the hackney carriage licence plate) is restricted to black hackney carriage vehicles and, as with the other zones, only certain models of vehicle may be used.

There is no limit to how many people may apply for a hackney carriage driver's or vehicle licence. Information on the types of vehicles that can be licensed as hackney carriages in the Vale Royal zone can be downloaded below:

Application forms, guidance and fees

Please click the link from the list below, relevant to your enquiry.

If you would like more information, please contact your Licensing Team