Licensed private hire vehicles must only be driven by a licensed private hire driver. The vehicle cannot be driven by anyone who does not hold the relevant licence, even if the vehicle is not for hire (for example, partners driving for social and domestic purposes).

A private hire vehicle is allowed to carry passengers for hire and reward when booked with a licensed private hire operator.

These vehicles cannot:

  • ply for hire
  • be hailed by a prospective passenger
  • work from a rank

Please note

The vehicle must be presented (by appointment) to the Licensing Unit for a compliance inspection before purchase. If an applicant or driver buy a vehicle without getting us to inspect it first and it is subsequently refused a licence as it does not comply with the above criteria, we will not be liable for any expense incurred.

Vehicle specifications and Conditions

These form part of the council's taxi policy and are as follows:


For more information contact Licensing Unit on 01634 337 108 or by emailing

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