We can legally only issue licences for Hackney Carriages (taxis) and Private Hire vehicles if we are completely satisfied that the vehicle in question is comfortable, safe in design and adequately insured.
These legal requirements are set to ensure high standards of safety for the general public of Knowsley and surrounding districts.
Before a new vehicle is licensed it must pass a Compliance Test at the council's appointed garage, who will issue a certificate of compliance. The test includes all current MOT test items plus some additional licensing requirements.
Renewal Licence Applications can be booked 28 days before the expiry of the current licence and, if the vehicle passes and the compliance certificate is submitted to the One Stop Shop before expiry then the “renewal” licence will run from the expiry of the old licence.
To book a vehicle in for test you can ring the Contact Centre on 0151 443 2300 or alternatively can attend the Huyton One Stop Shop Licensing Desk, Archway Road, Huyton, Knowsley L36 9FB, Monday to Friday between 9:30am-2:30pm.
If a Hackney Vehicle (Taxi) licence is not renewed before expiry then the licence cannot be renewed without the express permission of a Chairperson’s Hearing process. Any such licence that is not then renewed will be withdrawn from use until the current target of a maximum demand level of 220 hackney carriages has been reached.
Once a vehicle of either type has passed, you only have three working days to licence it. Please note the compliance pass does not exempt from the need to have an MOT only the issue of the vehicle licence at the One Stop Shop does that.
Only a named proprietor or part proprietor can apply for and receive a vehicle licence. Should any proprietor wish to have an authorised agent to act on their behalf then an authorised agent authority form must first lodged with the council.
The current test fees are:
- Full Test = £40.00
- Retest = £20.00
- Full Test after abandoned test or appointment not attended = £40.00