What is a private hire vehicle?
A private hire vehicle can only be used for pre-booked journeys and a private hire operator licence is also needed. Private hire vehicles cannot use taxi ranks.
What is a hackney carriage?
Hackney carriage vehicles are able to take bookings and can also use taxi ranks. Hackney carriage vehicles must be fitted with a meter.
What is a private hire operator?
If a vehicle is licensed as private hire, then a private hire operator’s licence is required. Please see the How do I become a Private Hire Operator page.