Hackney Carriage (taxi) vehicle

Taxis have been licensed for over 150 years – the legislation for hackney carriages pre dates the invention of the motor car dating back to 1847 – and private hire vehicles were first licensed almost 40 years ago.

Before a vehicle is licensed it must pass an MOT and garage test to ensure its safety. We issue licences for taxis and ensure that the vehicles are suitable and adequately insured to ensure high standards of safety. 

Licences are issued subject to a series of conditions. See Appendix 5, 6A & 6B of the 'Doncaster Council Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy' which is on the following webpage www.doncaster.gov.uk/taxipolicy

Has the vehicle ever been classified as a category write-off?

Category A or B
Vehicles which have been classified as Category A or B will not be considered suitable to be a licensed.

Category C, D, S or N
Vehicles which have been classified as Category C or D (prior to 01/10/2017) or Category S or N (after 01/10/2017) will only be considered when a detailed report by a suitably qualified mechanic has been provided. Please see 'Independent Inspection Report Guidance' attached to this page under 'Downloads and Resources'.

Once the fee has been paid, the vehicle has passed the Council's inspection test and you have provided us with the required public hire vehicle insurance, then the vehicle licence and identification plates will be issued from the licensing department.

Sealing of Taxi Meter £50.00
Vehicle Test £65.00
Vehicle Retest (if required) £29.50
Vehicle Licence £144.00
Front Vehicle Plate £19.00
Rear Vehicle Plate £29.50
Plate Fixing Brackets (optional)

£19.50 (pair)



Depending on the age of the vehicle, interim testing may be required during the period of the licence, as set out below.

Age of Vehicle Test Frequency
Less than 4 years Annually
Over 4 years but less than 7 years 6 Monthly
Over 7 years 4 monthly

The age of the vehicle will be determined on the start date of the licence from the date of first registration as stated on the vehicle registration document.

Reporting an accident in a licensed vehicle

If a licensed vehicle is damaged, and that damage affects the safety, performance and appearance of the licensed vehicle or the comfort or convenience of persons carried then the accident MUST be reported in writing within 72 hours of the accident. The vehicle's proprietor is required to complete the following form:

Accident Report Form DMBC
Download (191KB - PDF)

Book a Vehicle Test Online

You will need to book an appointment for a vehicle test and meter seal online:



Appointments can be cancelled by telephone or email up to 48 hours before the appointment without incurring any costs. No refunds will be provided for cancellations made with less than 48 hours’ notice, failing to attend or any other action on your part which prevents the appointment taking place.

Book a Meter Seal

Meter Seal appointments are only available on Tuesday and Friday mornings.

Please note the cut off times for bookings:

For appointments on Tuesday morning you must book before 12pm on a Monday

For appointments on Friday morning you must book before 12pm on a Thursday

Any appointments which are booked outside of the above timescale will not take place and you will have to pay again to book a new appointment. 

 Book a Meter Seal

For further information, please contact us: 

Related pages

Hackney Carriage / Private Hire (Joint/Dual) Drivers Licence

Hackney Carriage Driver

Private Hire Driver

Private Hire Operator

Private Hire Vehicle (minicab)

Taxi Licensing

Taxi Ranks

Licensing Enforcement

C.A.B.S - Care About Being Safe

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

Licensing issues


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Last updated: 17 November 2022 07:44:54

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