Hackney carriage vehicle (taxi) licences

To operate your vehicle as a taxi you need to get it licensed.

Hackney Carriage (taxi) vehicles

  • can be hailed immediately (or pre-booked) by customers
  • can use the designated taxi ranks anywhere within the Forest of Dean District Council area
  • have maximum meter fares set by the council

Requirements of licence

  • The vehicle must be fitted with a meter, no smoking signs, first aid kit and fire extinguisher
  • The vehicle must be no more than 5 years old

Documents required with application

  • Insurance showing that you are covered for hire and reward/public hire use
  • An MOT (no more than 4 weeks old)
  • a Vehicle Inspection Report by one of the Council’s authorised test stations – see table below. Please ring to make an appointment and find out the current fee before you take your vehicle for inspection 
  • Meter Calibration Certificate
  • V5 (or proof of purchase)
  • Completed application form (when you sign this you are agreeing to our conditions which can be found in the handbook for drivers and operators)
Test station name and address Telephone number
Cinderford MOT & Service Centre, Steam Mills Road, Cinderford             01594 822983
Five Acres Garage, Beech Road, Five Acres, Coleford 01594 833517          
Overbrook Services, Hawkwell, Drybrook, Gloucestershire 01594 542279 
Richard Read (Transport) Ltd, Longhope, Gloucestershire 01452 830456

Hackney carriage licence fee

The fees are:

  • £177 for a new licence
  • £164 to renew a licence

Please return your completed application form, documents and fee by:

  • email (pay by phone) to: ers@2020partnership.uk
  • post or deliver to: Environmental and Regulatory Services, Forest of Dean District Council, Council Offices, High Street, Coleford, Glos, GL16 8HG

Your licence will be processed within 5 working days.

Taxi licence renewals

Please make sure that you know your licence expiry date. Renewal documents will not be provided so as the licence holder it's your responsibility to:
  • download the application form from this page
  • make sure you return the form to Environmental and Regulatory Services (ERS) 7 working days before the licence expires so we can process your renewal.

Transfers of vehicle licences

Transfers follow the same requirements as new vehicles and will be processed within 1 working day.