Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicle Testing

According to the Council's Taxi Licensing conditions, a vehicle presented for licensing as a Hackney Carriage or Private Hire Vehicle shall be in a suitable condition to the satisfaction of the Borough Council’s Inspector.

  • Vehicles under 6 years old must be inspected and licensed annually
  • Vehicles over 6 years old must be inspected and licensed at 6 monthly intervals

The six year rule applies to all vehicles.

Normally the age of the vehicle will be calculated from the day of its first registration at the DVLA.

The Environmental Service undertakes these road worthiness inspections on behalf of the Council.

To arrrange for a Hackney Carriage or Private Hire vehicle inspection to be carried out, contact the Environmental Service Transport Section on 01264 368000 or email environmentalservice@testvalley.gov.uk.