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Licensed vehicles can only be driven by holders of 'Private Hire' or 'Hackney Carriage' drivers licence.

Vehicles must be licensed if they are hired with a driver for any reward (i.e. money, business benefit), unless they are being used solely in connection with a wedding or a funeral.

Funeral and Wedding vehicles

 There is no requirement for a vehicle to be licensed when it is being used in connection with a funeral, or is being wholly or mainly used by a person carrying out the business of a Funeral Director for the purposes of funerals.

A vehicle does not need to be licensed whilst it is being used in connection with a wedding. For clarification, the exemption only applies to journeys directly relating to the wedding serice itself for example transporting the bride/and or groom to the wedding service, from the service to the reception and from the service/reception to home. Transport to other locations such as the airport would be considered a licensabley activity.

A Private Hire Vehicle cannot pick up off a Taxi rank, cannot be flagged down in the street.  They can only undertake pre-booked jobs from a Private Hire Operator.

Vehicle Inspection

Vehicles can be booked in and tested with Watson's MOT & Service Centre up to 6 weeks before the expiry of the vehicle licence.

To book in the vehicle test you will first need to pay at the Access Centre, Selby or by telephoning the Licensing team.  They will issue you with a receipt showing the registration of your vehicle. Please then ring Watsons Garage on 01757 213650 to book the test date and quote the payment reference number at this time. You will need to show the payment receipt to Watson's on the date of the test also.

You are able to pay the application fee at the Access Centre (you might wish to do this at the same time as paying for your vehicle test) or you may wish to wait until you submit the completed application.

Once you have all of the documents required to complete the application you can submit them to the Access Centre, Selby or at our offices at the Civic Centre.

Payments can also be taken by the Licensing team.

Licence Plates

When the application has been processed by the Licensing Team and the vehicle becomes 'licensed' it will be issued with licence plates. These must be clearly displayed at all times in the correct place. The large licence plates must be securely attached to the back of the vehicle, and the small licence plate must be fixed in a position easily visible to passengers. In addition, Private Hire vehicles will be given a second licence plate for the front of the vehicle.

Loss or damage to the plates must be reported immediately at the licensee's expense. No hiring contract is to be entered into without a licence plate affixed to the vehicle.


Watsons are also able to offer you a MOT test at the same time as your vehicle test for an additional £25.00, made payable to direct to Watsons on the day of the test.

Vehicle Inspections

Vehicle between 0-5 years old - 1 year

Vehicle between 5-7 years old - 6 months

Vehicle 7+ years old - 4 months

Application Forms

4 & 6 Monthly Application Form

Meter Rates