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Taxi and private hire

Please send all enquiries via email to taxilicensing@walsall.gov.uk and a member of the licensing team will aim to respond within 5 working days.

Walsall Council MOT Depot

The MOT depot is open for appointments as normal. You must contact the garage at least four weeks before your plate expires.

EU settlement Scheme

If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. You can also apply if you’re the family member of an eligible person of Northern Ireland.

https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families/applying-for-settled-status

The Immigration Act 2016 was implemented on 1 December 2016 to prevent illegal working in the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire sectors.

It places a duty on local authorities to refuse to grant or renew a licence if the applicant cannot present documentation proving their right to work in the UK. 

All applicants must prove their right to work in the UK.

Below is acceptable documentation proving a right to work in the UK.

1. A passport showing the holder, or a person named in the passport as the child of the holder, is a British citizen or a citizen of the UK and Colonies having the right of abode in the UK.

2. A passport or national identity card showing the holder, or a person named in the passport as the child of the holder, is a national of a European Economic Area country or Switzerland. Non-EU National Identity Cards cannot be accepted without confirmation of right to work in the UK through the Home Office checking service.

3. A Registration Certificate or Document Certifying Permanent Residence issued by the Home Office to a national of a European Economic Area country or Switzerland.

4. A Permanent Residence Card issued by the Home Office to the family member of a national of a European Economic Area country or Switzerland. This must be supplied with all three of the following: a. Evidence of the applicant’s identity (current passport) b. Proof of relationship with the EEA/Swiss national (e.g. a marriage certificate, civil partnership certificate or birth certificate) c. Evidence that the EEA national has a right of permanent residence in the UK or is one of the following if they have been in the UK for more than 3 months: • working e.g. employment contract, wage slips, letter from the employer, • self-employed e.g. contracts, invoices, or audited accounts with a bank, • studying e.g. letter from the school, college or university and evidence of sufficient funds, or • self-sufficient e.g. bank statements.

5. A current Biometric Immigration Document (Biometric Residence Permit) issued by the Home Office to the holder indicating that the person named can stay indefinitely in the UK or has no time limit on their stay in the UK. If this document is in a passport, it must be a current passport. If it is in an expired passport, it must be transferred to a current passport. a. If an applicant is to provide a document which states they have permanent residence under the EU ‘Settlement’ Scheme, the following must be provided: • Evidence of their settled status, i.e. a letter from the Home Office • A copy of the applicant’s Biometric Residence Permit • A ‘Right to Work Check Code’ via https://www.gov.uk/prove-right-to-work

6. A current passport endorsed to show that the holder is exempt from immigration control, can stay indefinitely in the UK, has the right of abode in the UK, or has no time limit on their stay in the UK.

7. A current Immigration Status Document issued by the Home Office to the holder with an endorsement indicating that the named person can stay indefinitely in the UK or has no time Version 1.4 – 21 January 2020 limit on their stay in the UK, and an official document giving the person’s permanent National Insurance number and their name issued by a Government agency or a previous employer.

8. A full birth or adoption certificate issued in the UK which includes the name(s) of at least one of the holder’s parents or adoptive parents and an official document giving the person’s permanent National Insurance number and their name issued by a Government agency or a previous employer.

9. A birth or adoption certificate issued in the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or Ireland, and with an official document giving the person’s permanent National Insurance number and their name issued by a Government agency or a previous employer.

10.A certificate of registration or naturalisation as a British citizen and an official document giving the person’s permanent National Insurance number and their name issued by a Government agency or a previous employer. List B: Applicants with a document from List B have a temporary right to work in the UK.

11.A current passport endorsed to show that the holder can stay in the UK and is currently allowed to do the type of work in question.

12.A current Biometric Immigration Document (Biometric Residence Permit) issued by the Home Office to the holder which indicates that the named person can currently stay in the UK and can do the work in question. If this document is in a passport, it must be a current passport. If it is in an expired passport, it must be transferred to a current passport.

13.A current Residence Card in a current passport (including an Accession Residence Card or a Derivative Residence Card) issued by the Home Office to a non-European Economic Area national who is a family member of a national of a European Economic Area country or Switzerland or who has a derivative right of residence.

14.A current Immigration Status Document containing a photograph issued by the Home Office to the holder with a valid endorsement indicating that the named person may stay in the UK and can do the type of work in question and an official document giving the person’s permanent National Insurance number and their name issued by a Government agency or a previous employer.

15.A Certificate of Application issued by the Home Office under regulation 17(3) or 18A (2) of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006, to a family member of a national of a European Economic Area country or Switzerland stating that the holder is permitted to take employment which is less than 6 months old and Verification from the Home Office Evidence Version 1.4 – 21 January 2020 and Enquiry Unit.

 16.A Verification issued by the Home Office Evidence and Enquiry Unit to you, which indicates that the named person may stay in the UK because they have an in-time application, appeal or administrative review and which is outstanding.

Practical Driving Tests

Walsall Council’s MOT Depot will not be booking Practical Driving Tests until further notice, due to the current Coronavirus pandemic. Please keep a regular check on the Taxi Licensing web site for updates.

COVID-19 Advice

The advice below is specific to taxi and private hire.

View the Guidance for Coronavirus (COVID 19): taxis and PHVs

For more general information on COVID-19 and precautions you should take, please go to: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Medicals

If your Medical has expired, you need to complete a Medical Declaration Form.  

View Medical Declaration Form

Please complete and email to taxilicensing@walsall.gov.uk.  You are still required to produce a Medical Examination Report from your Dr, as soon as possible.  If you have any concerns regarding your Medical, please email taxilicensing@walsall.gov.uk with your details.

Online applications and online payments

The facility to make online New Vehicle Applications and Renewal Applications is now available. It is very important that you allow enough time for us to do this, and bear in mind staff numbers working in the office are severely reduced.  You can return your old plate to us by posting it through one of the external letterboxes at the front and rear of the Municipal Offices if you are able to do so.

Taxi and Private Hire

Hackney carriages and private hire vehicles play an important part in the provision of an integrated public transport system in Walsall.  It is the council's vision and opinion that a common standard should apply both in the vehicles that are licensed and to all the drivers who operate them.  This should be regardless of the frequency or level of participation.  Vehicles should be presented in a professional manner and customers have a pleasant experience.  The council advocates that best practice should be adopted as the norm.

By law a licence must be obtained before a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle can be used for business.  These are issued by the Taxi Licensing Unit, who have three main aims:

  • provide our customers with the assistance and guidance they require to deliver an excellent service to the public.
  • improve the quality of the hackney carriage and private hire service.
  • protect public safety.

These aims form the basis upon which we make our decisions when licensing the vehicles.

All hackney carriage and private hire drivers must have a taxi drivers licence before they can operate.

All hackney carriages and private hire vehicles must also have a vehicle licence before they can be used as a taxi.  A private hire service is run by an operator who takes bookings from customers and passes them on to a licensed driver and vehicle within the area they are licensed to operate.  Private hire vehicles must always be pre-booked.  The operator must have a private hire operators licence.

Other Useful Contacts

The following contacts may be useful for hackney carriage / private hire drivers and private hire operators:

Walsall Council MOT Depot Walsall Planning Department
Clean and Green Services Civic Centre
200 Pelsall Road Darwall Street
Walsall Walall
WS8 7EN WS1 1TP
Tel: 01922 654254 Tel: 01922 652677

MOTDepot@walsall.gov.uk

 


Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) (Previously Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)

Telephone:  03000 200 190

Email:  customerservices@dbs.gsi.gov.uk
 Driver & Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA)

Telephone:  0300 790 6801 (Driver Licensing Enquiries)

Telephone:  0300 790 6802 (Vehicle Registration Enquiries)

 Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) (Previously VOSA)

Telephone:  0300 123 9000

Email:  enquiries@dvsa.gov.uk
Office of Communications  (Ofcom)

Telephone:  020 7981 3131
Website: www.ofcom.org.uk
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Contact Us

Taxi Licensing Unit, Walsall Council, Civic Centre, Darwall Street, Walsall, WS1 1TP

Telephone 01922 653050
taxilicensing@walsall.gov.uk