There is a vast amount of legislation relating to the licensing and enforcement of Hackney Carriage and Private Hire functions.

The two main Acts of Parliament are the:

We have a responsibility to licence vehicles, drivers and operators that provide a transport service (for up to eight passengers) for hire and reward.

The relevant licences are:

The main similarity between Hackney Carriages and Private Hire vehicles is that both provide a transport service to members of the public to a specific destination upon request for payment of a fare. The difference is that a Hackney Carriage can be hailed by prospective passengers and can park at taxi ranks to gain trade but a Private Hire vehicle can only deal with booked fares.

We have set the fees for Hackney Carriage and Private Hire vehicles, drivers and operators.

All licences must be issued by the council in the area where the provision for booking is made.

All drivers and owners of vehicles currently licensed with Medway Council should refer to the Taxi Policy.

Write to: Licensing Unit, Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR