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Information on the criteria that must be met by any vehicle to be used as a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle is contained in the Council's  pdf Taxi Handbook (566 KB) .  The Taxi Handbook also contains information on how to apply for a licence to use a vehicle as a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle.

Applying for a licence

Applications must be submitted alongside all required documents as set out in the Taxi Handbook. You can submit your application by post to:

Licensing (Malvern Hills), Wyre Forest House, Fine Point Way, Finepoint Way, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY11 7WF

The application forms for vehicle licences can be downloaded below:

The fees charged in relation to applying for a licence can be found on our licensing fees and charges page.

Table of fares

Taxi fares for Hackney Carriages are set by the Council and calculated by a taximeter fitted in the vehicle. Hackney Carriages must be fitted with a taximeter, but it is optional for Private Hire vehicles. The taximeter displays the maximum charge payable for a journey, but drivers are free to charge less than the fee calculated by the taximeter.

Download the pdf Table of fares (106 KB) .