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Hackney Carriage and Private Licensing Hire Policy

Runnymede's Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy was adopted by the Council on 2 March 2017, this policy is now in force and is valid until 2 March 2020.


Having pdf icon this policy [1Mb] enhances public safety and provides the trade and the Council with a clear understanding of conditions and requirements etc.  It will also assist in improving regulation by a process of review and update where there is need for change.

Please make yourself aware of the changes to our requirements and conditions.

Some of the main changes  relate to tinted windows, Mot advisory items, part worn tyres, first aid kit / fire extinguisher standards  and pre booked only signage on private hire vehicles. The exact method of introduction of this signage is yet to be decided but you will all be updated in due course.

It is your responsibility to make yourself aware of the conditions and requirements which are applicable to you, so please update yourself.

To assist you with the requirements for first aid kits, the UK standard BS8599-2 was introduced by The British Standard Institution (BSI) in 2014. This specifies what the kit contains. You must have a kit of this standard for a medium vehicle; the kits also come in small vehicle and large vehicle sizes.

To assist you with fire extinguishers, the UK standard EN03 was introduced in 1997. You must have one which meets this standard and has a capacity of 0.9kg or greater. Both of the above are widely available at most motor part suppliers and online.
The majority of drivers will have first aid kits and fire extinguishers which meet this standard already. A pdf icon First aid and fire extinguisher information [167kb] guide explains the contents and specifications.

Information relating to conditions, requirements, bylaws and statutory law are contained in the appendices at the rear of our pdf icon Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy [1Mb] . An index of contents at the beginning of the policy will assist you in finding specific topics.

You will be able to print a copy of this policy or the relevant parts for your own use if you wish.

In developing this policy we had kept an open mind about much of the regulation and only introduced or retained those requirements and conditions which we believe are necessary for the protection of the public. Those which were unenforceable or out of date have been removed.

For those drivers and operators who keep their vehicles in good order and maintain the currency of their driving documents this will pose no difficulty.

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